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What You Need Now for Stress Free Holiday Preparations! 12 Tips & Safety Advice for Young Children and Pets

1)Break Out the Holiday/Christmas Music- Wrap Presents & Decorate Faster with Music (Click pictures to learn more, and find additional options.) Check out the Prime Music list. Sometimes, certain songs are free on Prime for periods of time.

My favorites are:
Idina Menzel –Holiday Wishes 2014 (Pop Music)
She was the voice of Elsa in Frozen. Amazing Voice! 🙂


Trans Siberian Orchestra- (Modern/Edgier/Rock)
Modern Rock interpretation of some classics.
I enjoy the rendition of Come All Ye Faithful on the Christmas Eve and Other Stories CD.
The Christmas Attic has a moving interpretation of Christmas Canon. (However, I did not care for one of the male vocals.)



Mormon Taberrnacle Choir-(Classical, Spiritual, & Inspirational)
100 Years: Celebrating a Century of Recording Excellence
(A stirring collection of 39 songs including:  Halleluja, Danny Boy…)&
The Ultimate Christmas Collection
(A moving collection including: Joy to the World, Carol of the Bells…)


Vivaldi’s Four Seasons- (Classical Instrumental)
Tchaikovsky: he Nutcracker Complete; Swan Lake Suite.
(Artist), Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (Composer),
Maurice de Abravanel (Conductor) -(Classical Instrumental)


2) Hang Up/Set Up an Advent Calendar – I suggest that you buy them now because they go fast! (Click pictures to learn more, and find additional options.)This is a fun way to count up to Christmas from December 1st!

Descriptions are directly from the Amazon Product Descriptions (copied 11/5/17). (PLEASE ALWAYS BE AWARE OF SMALL PARTS AROUND SMALL CHILDREN AND PETS. CHOCOLATE IS TOXIC TO DOGS & CATS.) My family always had Advent Calendars to count up to Christmas. Even as adults, we still love the calendars. Great for children eagerly anticipating Christmas! They can also used to teach your children math concepts, such as- counting, calendar, sorting… Don’t forget Advent candles. (Click pictures to learn more, and find additional options.)

There are different types of advent calendars.

Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar

Magnetic Tree, 25 Magnets (Amazon Bestseller)

This calendar can be reused every year! Red tree

holder/box at the bottom stores the magnets.

Disney Tsum Tsum Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar

Enjoy counting down the 24 days until Christmas!
Open a new window each day to reveal a surprise!
Includes 18 Tsum Tsum figures, 6 large, 6 medium and 6 small in holiday attire
It also comes with 6 holiday themed accessories, and 6 seasonal head pieces
Collect, stack and display your favorite holiday themed Disney Tsum Tsum characters!

Recommended for Ages 6 & older

Advent Calendar (HARIBO) 300g

Count down to Christmas with Haribo Candy.
Mixture of fruit and cola flavour chewy sweets, marshmallows,

liquorice and gums (claims to have no nuts).
Product of Germany.

Crayola Christmas Countdown Activity Advent Calendar 

24 daily holiday-themed crafts help kids count down to Christmas
Each numbered door reveals a Crayola item and corresponding activity
Complete the activities or use the Crayola tools to play your own way
Create fun mementos to give as gifts or enjoy for years to come
Great gift for children ages 4 and older

 Personalized Fabric Christmas Advent Calendar

By Pockets of Learning

This all fabric advent calendar comes personalized with your family or child’s name embroidered on the front.
Children and families will enjoy the anticipation of Christmas and begin a tradition with this festive family Advent Calendar
Safety tested for children under 3 years old! Only Pockets of Learning provides this additional testing.
Superior quality construction, this calendar comes with a lifetime warranty, so you can continue this tradition for generations.
Lost Pieces are replaced promptly and free

3) Ornament Container- Label and Keep Your Ornaments Organized/Lights/All Decorations in one place, Stop wasting time looking for decorations, Easy Storage, Adjustable ornament slots (you can modify the slots to fit almost all your ornaments/lights/decorations) You can use bubble wrap/tissue paper/packing paper to secure fragile ornament in the dividers. Some organizers come in green as well. Keep the boxes the ornaments the come in to keep them secure. They will fit in the organizers.

Innovative Home Creations Christmas Ornament Storage,

15.7 by 15.7 by 13-Inch

Amazon Bestseller

We own this & love it! Handles make this container easily portable.

We adjusted the slots to accommodate lights and larger ornaments

Three Layer Box Store Up To 75 Ornaments

Provide Good Protection For Decoration Accessories
Durable Materials, Size 15.7″ X 15.7″ X 13″

Classic Accessories Seasons Christmas Tree Ornament Organizer & Storage Bag

Stores and organizes up to 60-ornaments in three trays with modular dividers
16-Inch x 13-inch x 12-inch high ornament storage bag

with three sturdy stacking corrugated ornament trays
Decorative holiday inspired debossed fabric
Clear identification sleeve
Handles for easy transport, Polyester


Zober Premium 600D Polyester Christmas Ornament Storage Box with Lid –

We have one of these organizers, too. The main difference is that you cannot secure the lid.
But, this has not been a problem for us. This organizer also has handles, so it is easy to move.

Adjustable Ornament Storage Container with Dividers –

Holds up To 64 Round Ornaments – 12 x 12 x 12 – Red


4) Decorations- Please supervise young children & pets when handling and hanging ornaments and decorations. (SAFE CHRISTMASES ARE STRESS FREE CHRISTMASES.)

Please note: CHOCOLATE, POINSETTIAS, & MISTLETOE ARE HIGHLY TOXIC TO BOTH DOGS & CATS. (Try synthetic flowers instead, and keep them out of reach of young children and pets.) LOOSE TINSEL MAY BLOCK THE INTESTINES OF A CAT OR DOG IF INGESTED. (Skip the tinsel.) HANG ORNAMENTS HIGHER ON THE TREE OUT OF REACH. TRY TO GET A HEAVY STRONG BASE, SO THE TREE WILL NOT TIP OVER. UNPLUG OR TURN OFF LIGHTS  WHEN THEY WILL BE UNSUPERVISED. SECURE CORDS. (Our female cat chewed cords, and I have seen young children try to put cords in their mouths.)

Department 56

Department 56 Decorations are collectibles. You will want to save the packaging and the paperwork that states the authenticity of the decorations. The packaging also helps with storage and organization.

Because we still have a curious cat, and we had a cat that chewed cords, I bought a curio cabinet with clear/glass doors that shut, but that had enough of a gap for the cords to fit under the doors, when the doors are shut. I am not an affiliate / or any way associated with  Raymour & Flannigan, but that is where I bought the curio cabinet and entertainment center that holds almost all our North Pole & some Frost Department 56 decorations. Every night, we unplugged all the cords and secured them inside the curio cabinet and entertainment center and closed the door. We rested well knowing that our cats were safe.

In the entertainment center, I would take out all the DVD & Blue Rays. There is a gap in the back where I threaded all the cords. Then I closed the glass doors. Viola, Most of our Frost themed Department  56 decorations, that my husband likes, and animated skating pond was secured from out cats.

If you have an enclosed space for your decorations, measure /read measurements of the decorations before you purchase them, so they will fit.

Curio Cabinet with Department 56 Decorations

Department 56 New Animated Skating Pond

Genuine Department 56 village accessories

This is one of our favorites, and our guests are captivated by

the skaters making figure eights.

Animated, (Click picture below

to see a short video of how this works.)

I adore the Department 56 animated decorations!
Intricately hand painted
Meticulously hand crafted

Department 56 Village Swan Pond Animated Accessory

This accessory goes with any themed Depart 56 theme.

We just bought one, and it is elegant!

The swans are animated,

and will be a big hit with adults and children alike!
Metal Wire, Plastic, Porcelain
Two swans circle around a pond animated scene

with 3 fir trees and tall bare branch tree village accessory

5)Menorah-(Please always supervise children and pets around open flames. I have seen menorahs burn on completely empty stove tops for safety.) Make sure you have candles that fit your menorah, Dreidels, Hanukkah Gelt. Traditionally, Hanukkah Gelt is milk chocolate wrapped in gold foil. (Chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats.) (Descriptions found on  11/12/17)

Zion Judaica Hanukkah Value Kit

A Sturdy Solid FULL SIZE Menorah, Box of 45 Colored Hanukkah Candles,

6 Medium Plastic Dreidels with English Transliteration,

Sack of Superb Belgian Hanukkah Chocolate Milk Coins (5 Nut Free Coins)

Complete Hanukkah Guide, 8 Sections with Everything about Hanukkah.

Rite Lite Tree of Life Chanukah Menorah (Click on the  photo to learn more)

12 Tribes of Israel Hanukkah Menorah

(Click the photo to learn more)


Super Traditional Hanukkah Party Dreidels Spin Game 25 per Pack

Each dreidel measures: 2 inches high. Comes in a nice plastic bag with handle.

Spins easily, nicely and for a long time. Letters can be read easily.

Great for classrooms and parties!

Zion Judaica Wood Dreidels Medium Sized in Bulk in Ziplock Bag (30 Pack)

Great for classrooms and parties!

Milk Chocolate Hanukkah Gelt Coins (4.94 Oz.) – Gold

Crafted of smooth milk chocolate

May contain traces of nutsmilk


Seasonal product – quantity limited

Product of the Netherlands


6) Cards- Start by writing 2- 5 cards a day, so you will not have to write 50 or more cards in one sitting. Also, you might choose to buy Happy Holidays/ Season Greetings cards, so you will not have to guess the faith of your co-workers/neighbors/teachers. Or you can convert a vacation/special event photo(s) into a card(s).

Holiday Greetings

Contains 48 blank cards to include your custom messages for business and personal use.

Each card is printed on high-quality card stock. 

Each card measures 4 x 6 inches. 

A Midnight Clear Deluxe Boxed Holiday Cards

A shooting star in a moonlit sky appears to top off a single ornamented tree in a peaceful winter wood.

Attractive contemporary design in shades of blue, green, and white, with accents of red.

Card is illuminated with touches of silver foil and eye-catching gloss accents.


7)Card organizer- Store Cards in labeled occasion slots, keep cards, envelops, stamps, address labels, and even pens together for fast & easy access.

Deluxe Card Organizer Kit

I love this card organizer!

There is plenty of room for cards that are a variety of sizes.

Holds up to 75 greeting cards (not included)
Matching card calendar lists each day in each month, traditional and modern anniversary gifts,

holidays and addresses of family and friends
Decorative Damask patterned keepsake box can also be used for storing scrapbooking supplies,

photographs and cards from family and friends
12 matching double sided divider tabs – monthly and title/occasion
Matching calendar and date book (Description on  11/12/17)

8) Stock up on Stamps- You might stock up on seasonal stamps (Christmas, Snowy Day (Ezra Jack Keats beloved children’s book. We will stock up on Christmas stamps and Snowy Day and other holiday stamps for our friends of other faiths and everyday mail. All the stamps shown are Forever Stamps. This means if the price increases over the years, it does not matter. You can still use the Forever Stamps.

20 Forever Christmas Stamps

Winter Fun/Winter Scenes (Book of 20 Stamps) Forever Stamps

Charlie Brown Christmas/ Based on the TV special. (Forever Stamps)

There are some holiday neutral stamps in this collection. (Book of 20)

Songbirds in Snow (100 Stamps) holiday neutral stamps

New Release 2017 scenes from Ezra Jack Keates’s book Snowy Day (20 book of stamps)

9)Wrangle up some -Wrapping paper- Christmas paper, You also might consider purchasing some winter scene paper that can be used for other occasions and for other faith’s holiday gift giving. New Year’s Eve Party gift, Winter Birthdays, Valentine’s Day…*Disney*Hallmark

Hallmark Holiday Wrapping Paper (Foil, Snowmen and Snowflakes (*with cardinals), 4 Pack)

(Click Photo to learn more and get more options)

2 Rolls Christmas Gift Wrap 40 Square Feet Total

(2, Disney Princess Pink) Belle, Jasmine, Cinderella, Tiana, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White…

Other options on this page are Superheros, Disney Cars, Disney Frozen, Star Wars, My Little Kitty, and more…)

(Click Photo to learn more and get more options)

Red Theme Gift Wrap – Star Wars –

Wrapping Paper 20 sq ft. 1 Roll

All Your Favorite Star Wars Characters Rolled Into One

(Click Photo to learn more and get more options)

10)Gift Bags- Gift bags can be reused. Easy and fast  to wrap, and give gifts. Can be used as Winter Party Theme (Decorations)-Winter scenes gift bags can be used for other occasions as well as other faiths, or you can celebrate Christmas with a seasonal Christmas design that can be used again year after year. *Tissue Paper- Multicolored packs provide an assortment of options for gift bags, or fun design tissue paper to spice up the season.

Hallmark Holiday Large Gift Bags

(Mitten and Snowflakes, 2 Pack)

(Click Photo to learn more and get more options)

Haute Soiree – Haute Soiree – 12 pack – Medium Sized Gift Bags Set with Ribbon Handles –

6 Gold and 6 Silver Polka Dot Bags Perfect for Weddings, Birthday and Holiday..

Gold and silver metallic foil polka dot designs add a touch of elegant fun to any special occasion

Perfect for birthdays, weddings, bridal or baby showers, graduations, housewarming, Christmas, or any holiday, party or important event

Bag Dimensions: Each bag measures 9.5 Inches X 7 Inches X 3.4 Inches

Christmas Print Gift Bags 23-Count

Beautifully Printed Holiday Gift Bags

Assortment of Sizes And Styles

Each Bag Includes Handles

Includes 23 Assorted Gift Bags – May Not Receive Exact Designs As Pictured

Hallmark Tissue Paper (Red and Green, 100 Sheets)

Gold and White Elegant Scroll Tissue Paper 20 Inch X 30 Inch – 24 XL Sheets

Miles Kimball Christmas Tissue Paper Christmas-themed tissue paper

44 sheets included 28 white, 8 seasonal designs 8 solid colors Each sheet is 20″x20″

11)Wrapping paper Organizer bag- Holds and organizes wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue paper, bows, ribbon, tape, gift tags- (This is an awesome organizing feature all year round. Stop wasting time looking for individual items. ) I love ours! It is in our downstairs closet. Easy to access. Saves time! Keep everything in one place. Handles make it portable to any room in the home, or take it anywhere. Transparent pockets let you see what you have, and what you need to buy at a glance. Store holiday, birthday, wedding, baby shower…wrapping paper all year round!

Primode Wrapping Paper Storage Bag with Pockets | Long Gift Wrap Storage Container (37” x 14” x 4”) (Green)

Use the main compartment to store multiple rolls of wrapping paper. use the clear pockets to store all of your gift wrap accessories, including bows, ribbons, tape, etc.

The wrapping paper storage case has been fitted with a pair of extra large carrying handles.

The flat design of the bag makes it easy to store in the garage, attic or closet.

Whitmor Christmas Storage Collection Giftwrap Storage Bag

Extra pockets for wrapping accessories

Durable polypropylene moisture proof material

Includes handles for easy portability

12) Wrapping Essentials-Stock up on Clear Tape, Bows, Scissors- Keep all these handy all year round , but out of reach of small children and pets.

Scotch Magic -6 pack


30 Christmas Gift Bows Self Adhesive + 8 Rolls of Christmas Curling Ribbons! (Amazon Bestseller)

4 Thinner Curling Ribbon Rolls in Silver, Gold, Red & Green; 5mm x 10 ft.; 4 Thicker Rolls in same 4 colors; 18mm x 3 Meters

Total 24 3 1/2″ Bows, 16 are regular metallic 3 1/2″ Self Adhesive Bows: 4 each of Metallic Green, Red, Gold & Silver

8 are glittery metallic 3 1/2″ Self Adhesive Laser Holographic Bows: 2 each of Green, Red, Gold & Silver

6 2″ Bows Self Adhesive; 2 each of Green, Red & Gold!

OfficeGoods Scissors Set, 2 Pack (Large)

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