Well, my best tried and true tip for Christmas time is to NOT be finishing your handmade Christmas cards at 1am six days before Christmas. ::ahem::
But, since I assume that most of you are smart enough to know better, I'll share another tip that I swiped from Organized Christmas. Cynthia Townley Ewer suggests preparing a Christmas morning box, containing all the things you'll need when unwrapping gifts. She suggests including trash bags, box cutter, scissors, and a notepad & pen for recording gifts.
My plan is to assemble a basket over the next few days with some of these items that we always need... like wire cutters for the umpteen wires that hold toys captive in their boxes. I think I'll also put the camera and extra batteries there, so there's no last-minute searching when I want to capture the Christmas morning smiles. It will also be nice to just grab the scissors or wire cutters and start freeing up the toys, rather than spending ten minutes saying "hold on, Daddy will get it open soon". :)
Check out more Works For Me Wednesday tips over at Rocks in my Dryer, and have a Merry Christmas!
P.S. If you need a quick icing recipe for decorating your Christmas cookies, I posted my favorite one over at my cooking blog this morning. It dries hard and shiny, which makes for very pretty cookies! That recipe definitely works for me!