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Christmas Cheat Sheet

The last few days before Christmas can be a bit of a frenzy, so let us help you out with a little Christmas Cheat Sheet!

These are some of our tried and true tips for making the holidays run a little more smoothly, including links to Santa trackers and videos, information on big light displays around Moncton, and more!


Santa paper
Be sure to chat with the Big Guy and find out what wrapping paper he’s using this year. It’s always best if his wrapping paper is different than yours!

Tablecloths for big items
Not sure what to do with that gangly, oversized gift? Use a vinyl Christmasy tablecloth to cover it quickly and prettily! Bonus tip: stock up on tablecloths during the post-holiday sales. I’ve often found them for under $1 and they store easily in the bottom of your Christmas bins!

Undo ties on toys
Most parents know ‘some assembly required’ is best tackled pre-Christmas morning. But even little twist ties holding toys in place can upset little ones on the big day. Take a few moments to undo all the wires and such while wrapping; it will make the unwrapping much more fun!

Keep an extra gift or two on hand
Pick up a few yummy bars and wrap them up fun, like our quick reindeer friend here below. You might be surprised by a neighbour dropping by or happen to catch the postal carrier coming around and be able to hand out this adorable, thoughtful treat. You can add a small gift card to a local coffee shop for an extra holiday smile. They’ll look great under the tree, too, if you don’t use them up before!


Buy batteries
Even if you don’t think you need any, gifts might arrive without. Stock up now.

Wrap a large empty box
Leave the top of this large, wrapped box open. Place beside the tree. Use it to stash wrapping garbage in so that your photos remain clutter free!

Set a reminder on your phone
Not one for waking up – we’re pretty sure the kids will help you with that! Set a reminder so you plug your phone and any other cameras, etc. in before you head to bed on Christmas Eve! You might also want to check your storage and make sure you don’t get caught without room for photos and videos come Christmas morning.

Prep breakfast in advance
Check out this round up of Christmas Breakfast Casseroles & more from our friends at East, Drink, & Be You.

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If you’ve got all the busy stuff taken care of, you can relax and enjoy some family time. Here are a few simple activities you could do with the kids.


Check out our recipe for Christmas play dough; easy to make at home and great for gifting to friends!

Make snack time seasonal with some easy tricks. How about a fruit candy cane with slices of strawberry and banana or Grinch snack?

You might also want to make a batch of our Curried Christmas Nuts!

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3 thoughts on “Christmas Cheat Sheet

  1. Hayle December 18, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    That reindeer wrapping is so cute.

  2. Kristin December 16, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Also Pasadena drive in moncton has an awesome light show synced with music.

    • Jenna Morton December 21, 2019 at 10:01 am

      Oh my, we made it to Pasadena – the Hogans have outdone themselves!! What a great light show!

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