Our home has ten occupants, minus the multiple centipedes, bats, and spiders. We have five four-legged family members, and five two-legged family members, meaning our house is in a constant state of chaotic clutter. Making our house holiday ready and prepped for our annual Christmas brunch is a marathon event that cannot be accomplished in one day, let alone by one person. My husband and I enlist (aka. suggest, bribe, coerce, threaten to call Santa) my three children to engage in the household tasks. Each of us has a forte, something we excel at in the cleaning realm.
KT is our kitchen captain, she has the dishes washed, dried & put away, the counter clutter cleared and floors swept effortlessly. Andie is the eternal organizer, she declutters the pantry, maintains the media rooms and even helps organize the bedrooms. Beckett is the dirty coffee cups and dish wrangler. He also captures all the dust bunnies, picks up the Lego and wipes up the muddy paw prints from the hardwood floors. My DH & I round out the cleaning team with our combined expertise in vacuuming, dusting, and laundry. Once all of these cleaning tasks are completed, only them can we start properly decorating for the holidays.
We started with a woodland theme for our Christmas decorations and over the past fourteen yeas we have added to our collection. We decided to keep the colour palette simple and focus on two complementary colours, cranberry and forest green. Adding Canadiana to our holiday decorations has recently become a holiday tradition. This year we added some HBC ornaments and a signature Moose ornament.
With the house cleaned and decorated, we are almost ready for the Christmas visitors and our annual holiday brunch There are a few last items that need to be spruced up before we entertain for the holidays. I use OxiClean™ MaxForce™ Foam Laundry Pre-Treater to help clean away last year’s gravy and red wine off of our Christmas tablecloth and ready for this year’s guests. To get our crystal, Christmas dishes and cutlery dinner party worthy KT uses OxiClean™ Extreme Power Crystals to remove stuck on stains and help our dishes sparkle. The final item the entire family uses to be sparkle ready is Arm & Hammer™ Truly Radiant™ Clean & Fresh Toothpaste to make our teeth pearly white and picture ready for our traditional Christmas brunch.
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