Newsletter- December- Wrap it Up
Soon it will be Christmas Day
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRYbE9NYj-E, with all the squeals from the children and some adults, due to that one unexpected and perfect gift.
Most everyone will, as usual, eat too much and involve themselves in conversation, merriment or just make a decision to “veg” out.
Whatever your preference ENJOY!!!
Days after, most start contemplating how to take all those holiday decorations and “Wrap It Up”. But, how is the easiest way to keep those precious ornaments, candles, dishes, and associated items safe during the coming new year?
Here are a few tips on protecting those treasured holiday decorations:
Instead of throwing out all those egg cartons – clean them and use them, placing an ornament in each one of the twelve spots.
Use new paper muffin cups and place the ornament in each and then either in a muffin pan, box or a storage container of your choice.
2) For other types of ornaments, in which you want to leave the hooks*on, take a large plastic box and drill (or Create) two holes on each side of the box, about 4″ down on the box (depending on the type of box and top), and on opposite ends of each other. Take a dowel that is long enough to stretch across the box with about 1 inch extruding out from the box. On that dowel hang your ornaments. *green floral wire works really great as “Hooks” and when the tree is lite the only thing that shines will be the ornament.
3) Candles succumb to the Texas heat, if not kept indoors, even then they can break. The best way to store those taper candles (that have been extinguished, of course) is to wrap them in a paper towel and then place them in an empty paper towel roll. You can cut off the excess length of the paper towel roll if necessary.
4) If your garland is more like mardi gras beads and each year you spend hours untangling them for the rest of your ornaments – use this approach in the future: Take an empty, clean and dry plastic beverage bottle and place all your beads inside.
5) About those lights —– here are some options
Separate the strands and place each in a plastic or zip lock bag.
Take a stiff piece of cardboard that measures around 8 x 10 or 11 x 17 and wrap the lights around it.
If each strand has a specific place or connection, label the end of the cord with a plastic label
6) If you are storing your family’s precious silver use the nested approach. A drawer with pull out trays or box with separated areas or trays can prevent scratches. When the draw or box is opened it it easy to admired the artisanship of the design.
7) Reminder / Recommendations about your giftware and serving pieces:
Food Service pieces are not designed for preparing or storing food and should not be used in the oven, microwave, refrigerator or freezer. Hand-painted serving pieces should be hand washed using a mild detergent.
Use of rubber or wooden utensils is recommended.
Do not allow your serving pieces to soak in water. To remove gray metal marks that may have occurred from contact with pots or flatware, use a mild, creamy abrasive. Never use steel wool or strong abrasives.
During those cold Winter months try this handy way to start a wood fire — Take the lint from the dryer and place it in the empty card board roll from toilet paper. Place that ‘container’ at the bottom of your wood burning fireplace or store. Lint is highly combustible and therefore makes a great Fire-starter.
Those are a few ways you can “WRAP IT UP”
Happy, Merry and Bright!All the best in 2019!!
P.S. If you want to Wrap Up the items you no longer want, or need to shop for more, please note there is going to be a Texas Boxing Day (indoor garage sale) on December 29 from 11am to 4pm at Scale UP CoConnect.
The location is 5716 W.Hwy 290, Suite 100, 78735; in the Oak Acres business park. For information about renting a space call 512-487-5350