One thing I've learned over the past few years...as a mother of young children, Christmas morning is chaotic! Those images of mom and dad wrapped in bathrobes, nestled into the couch, sipping coffee while youngsters blissfully unwrap packages are pipe dreams. Christmas morning at our house has always been a marathon of unwrapping gifts with paper flying and kids wanting to tear into presents immediately, while my husband and I try desperately to instill some sense of patience and gratitude into our children and maybe take a few pictures, if we're lucky.
Christmas 2010 was the clincher for me, though. Not only was the morning loud and crazy, but my husband and I spent the entire time prying open plastic packages, untwisting wire ties from around toys, and installing batteries. I wore a noticeable path in our carpet going to and from the garage with various tools necessary to free our kid's new toys from their cardboard prisons. I decided then and there, I'd never do that again!
This year I'm prepared. I made a very important trip to the dollar store and created my very own Christmas morning tool kit. It will be ready and waiting Christmas morning (along with about 15 lbs of batteries) to make opening presents a breeze...for me, that is.
The tool kit includes:
Box cutters (one for Mom and one for Dad)
Screwdrivers (a Phillips and a flat head)
Plastic package opener (which I had to buy from Amazon and didn't cost a dollar, but, I'm convinced will prove to be worth every penny)
I was able to find a little zipper pouch to fit them all in and my tool kit is ready to go. Every year, I'll pack it up with the Christmas stuff and I won't ever have to run back and forth to the garage again!