1. Make sure you have enough batteries for the gifts. Explaining to a three year old that they can’t play with their new remote control car because SOMEONE (no names mentioned, but it begins with an M and ends with an o) didn’t buy enough batteries the day before does not work.
2. Preassemble everything before you wrap it. Or else you will spend half the time trying to convince the child that you can only assemble it once you get home and the second half giving in to the whining and assembling it anyway while the rest of the family eats and drinks.
3. Refuse that last helping. You really do not have space for any more, no matter how delicious it is.
Good night dear hearts, I am off to bed. I’ve had just about as much festive cheer as I can handle.