Monthly Archives: December 2013

How to remove tree sap from your hands

Real Christmas trees are beautiful.  They look great and smell terrific.  One of the disadvantages is that the trees can have sticky sap oozing from the branches.  If you’re planning to be near a real Christmas tree this season, read about our tips on removing tree sap from your hands.

Soap and water

Regular soap and water has worked for us.  However, some soaps work much better than others.  We found that soap with exfoliator works great.  Bath and Body Works makes a Deep Cleansing Hand Soap that has exfoliating beads in it.  We always seem to have the Kitchen Lemon Scent on hand, and it has worked to remove tree sap.

We are also huge fans of Sleepy Moon Soaps.  This brand is hand-made in Eastern Connecticut, and can be purchased at local farmers markets and artisan shops.  After putting ornaments on the tree, a little bit of sap stuck to my fingers.  I used the bar of Sleepy Moon Soaps at my kitchen sink, and it all came off.

Brillo Pad

If you have some stubborn sap stuck to your fingers, consider using a Brillo pad.  Just be sure to add lots of water so that you make use of the suds.  Gently scrub the area with the sap.  We’ve tried this ourselves, and it did work.

Note:  Be careful when trying this method, and check your steel wool pad for loose edges.  We used the brand by Brillo.  It seems to be well made, and didn’t have any pieces of steel wool coming off.


If you’re looking for a natural way to remove tree sap from your hands, rub them in mayonnaise.  Then, wash with soap and water.  This combination seems to remove tree sap naturally.


Toothpaste will also remove tree sap from your hands.  You won’t need the gels or extra-whitening toothpaste for this project.   Just the standard light blue toothpaste.  Rub some over the spot with the sap, and the stickiness should rinse off.

Best of luck with your sticky fingers. 🙂


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After Christmas Checklist for December

The holiday season is over, and there’s plenty to do.  Check out our After Christmas Checklist for December.   You can use this list to track all of your after-Christmas tasks.  A printable version of our After Christmas Checklist for December is at the end of this article.

Things to Do in December: After Christmas

  • Sort gifts by room
  • Put gifts in appropriate rooms
  • Put away gifts in each room
  • Vacuum family room
  • Clean and put away holiday China and dishes
  • Toss leftover food


  • Return or exchange holiday gifts
  • Stock up on gift wrap paper and cards for next year


  • Reschedule parties canceled to snow
  • Schedule day to take down Christmas tree (check town recycling schedule)
  • Set a deadline to have all decorations put away

After Christmas Checklist for December


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Christmas Assessment

We spend a lot of time planning and preparing for Christmas. Now that it is over, it’s important to take a few minutes to assess the success of the holiday.  Use our printable Party and Event Assessment Chart to analyze your holiday, so that next year turns out even better.

There are three sections:

  • What worked well
  • What didn’t work
  • Things to do next time

Click here to print: Party and Event Assessment Chart

Assessing the event

Be sure to think about all of the phases of your day:

Planning: guests, time of gathering

Meal: food, timing of appetizers

Set up: decorations, plates/napkins, flow of room


Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Were the right people invited?  Should you have included or excluded anyone?  Was there enough time for guests to talk and socialize? Were you happy with the food preparation and selections?

How did the beverages work out?  Did you have enough to serve? Did the dessert work out well?

Were there enough gifts?  Too many?  Did you receive them in time for Christmas day?  Did you get your shopping finished early enough or too late?  Did you wrap your gifts early, or wait until the night before?

Did you truly enjoy the day?  Was there anything you could do differently next year to make the day more enjoyable?

Use the last section of the form to jot down any additional comments and thoughts.

Happy planning!