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Why you should wrap your Christmas tree in clingfilm, how to avoid fairy light fury and other ways to make next November's you love the you of today

In the coming days you'll have the chance to give yourself a great big Christmas present next year – neat, untangled, unbroken ornaments! It might not sound like much, but you can make early December you really love early January you with these quick, simple storage tips. Tree Ornaments Don’t just throw everything into plastic bags. It sounds obvious, but there’s a huge temptation just to find the quickest solution to the task by filling up a Bag for Life with your baubles. The problems happen when you have a combination of materials used for your ornaments, as most of us do. Little Tommy’s pasta angel will not last long against the bargain plastic santas from the Pound Shop once...

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Five easy Christmas decorations to make with your children

Making Christmas decorations is a great way to keep your children busy over the festive season. With the right project, they can be kept busy for hours. Their efforts make great little gifts for family and friends, and can add a lovely homemade touch to your Christmas table or tree. Here are five of the best ideas for your little ones: Make mini-Christmas trees from pine cones: We love this idea from Elementary Art Fun because it’s so simple: paint pine cones green, cover with sparkles, et voila! The little plaster bases are really simple to make too – consider painting them brown to look like pots as an additional touch. Pine cone art! Perfect for little fingers. Image credit:...

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