The Best Holiday Hacks ~ Check out these hints + tips that will make your Christmas days very merry & quite bright!

1. No Cookies Crumbling When shipping or giving homemade cookies this season, use a clean, empty Pringles™ can.  It’s the perfect size, shape, and sturdiness for your holiday treats to keep them from breaking in transit. Wrap the exterior (to cover the label) in festive paper and add a bow and gift tag.

2. Bright Idea!Use inexpensive zip ties (you can purchase 100 count for less than $3) to secure Christmas lights or garland to indoor railings. They won’t damage wood finishes the way tape or tacks can.

3. Inexpensive Gift TagsReuse last year’s Christmas cards to make festive holiday gift tags (hang on to this year’s cards for next year!). 

4. Festive BreakfastUse metal holiday cookie cutters (Santa, snowman, etc.) as pancake molds to make fun shapes for the kids’ Christmas breakfast.

5. Perfect Christmas Cookies Cookies baked on cookie sheets can get over-browned quickly and ruin your efforts. Invest in some inexpensive parchment paper for perfectly browned cookies every time. It makes all the difference! And the best part — no need to grease the cookie sheet ahead of time.

6. Easy Holiday Luminaries For a quick, inexpensive luminary, fill any size Mason jar 1/4 of the way full with Epsom salts (looks like snow!) and add a white (size appropriate) candle. Tie the mouth of the jar with a festive ribbon. Put several in a row on your walkway or mantel for a real statement.  The Epsom salt does not burn, but as with all candles, never leave them unattended.

8. A Gift Within a Gift! Thread festive holiday-themed cookie cutters through the ribbons and bows of your holiday gifts for an extra special touch. The bakers on your list will love this!

9. Make Your Own Holiday Candles Purchase inexpensive pillar candles in holiday colors. Brush them with a light coat of clear craft glue (such as Modge Podge™) and roll in Epsom salts. Let dry. Looks like a glittery, snowy candle! (Hint: do this in the summer too — the effect looks like sand!). The Epsom salt does not burn, but as with all candles, never leave them unattended.

10. Tangle-Free Lights Keep Christmas lights from getting tangled in storage by wrapping them around a sturdy clothes hanger.


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