Christmas homemade gingerbread cookiesAre you excited yet? There’s officially twelve days until Christmas and a lot of people are already feeling the buzz that comes around this time of year.

Well, the children are at least.

For the rest of us though, those Christmas stresses are setting in. What are you going to wear to the Christmas party? Are certain family members going to embarrass themselves on Christmas Day again? How on earth am I going to fit ten chairs around that tiny dining table?

Believe us, we know the pain well. And we have some tips to help ease it – all of which involve buckets. Here’s how to use a H&O Plastics bucket on every remaining day before Christmas.

Day 1: Bucket Christmas tree stand

Whether you put your Christmas tree up in November or on Christmas Eve, you can be sure that everything will not be where you left it the year before, especially the tree stand.

Sound like your family? Well fear not because we have got a great homemade solution to your problems. Check out this guide to the perfect homemade Christmas tree stand that we made last year.

Day 2: De-leave your gutters

Ok so this job isn’t exactly the most glamorous job to be doing over Christmas, but you know it has to be done and you might as well this time off for something right?

H&O Plastic buckets come with handles which makes taking them up ladders much easier. And if you do a good job, who knows, Santa might bring you more presents for being extra good this year.

Day 3: Grit the halls

Well not the halls, but the drive and any pathways could certainly do with a good gritting, especially if you have elderly relatives coming to visit for Christmas.

It’s good practice to have a bucket of grit on standby throughout the winter, because it’s usually the times when you need grit the most when it is so hard to find.

Day 4: Carol sing for Charity

Anyone who’s ever seen a low-budget Christmas movie will know that the true meaning of Christmas is giving back. Pick a charity that means something to you, gather some friends and family and hit the streets to spread some festive joy.

So you have something to collect all of the charity money you should buy and decorate a H&O Plastic container with the colours of the charity you will be representing.

Day 5: Snowy shoes container

If you have a small army of friends and family coming to visit on Christmas day then you’ll need somewhere to store all of those extra shoes. Early weather forecasts indicate that some northern parts of the country will receive a dusting of snow this Christmas, but many other parts of the country will get more of the heavy rain and gusts coming through.

Either way it’s a good idea to keep a big plastic container by the door to stop muddy/snowy feet being tramped through your lovely clean home.

Day 6: Keep your chopped wood dry

If you have an open fireplace then you’ll know that there’s nothing finer than a roaring fire on those warm winter nights. And an open fire is even better when you can roast chestnuts or marshmallows on the night before Christmas.

One issue you might have with an open fireplace is where to store firewood. If you haven’t got space inside or a barn outside then you could be in trouble. One of our open top kegs has room to store enough firewood for all of winter.

Day 7: Compost all of your veggie skins

If it’s your turn to cook the Christmas dinner this year then you might be freaking out about the amount of vegetables you have to prepare on the seventh day of Christmas. Carrots, potatoes, parsnips all of them will produce an awful lot of skins.

Why not take the opportunity to start a compost bin in your back garden. Take a large plastic container and start filling it with organic matter before using it to feed your garden.

Day 8: Build a Christmas igloo

If we are blessed with a white Christmas this year, then building an igloo is the perfect way to celebrate. And your bucket can be converted from storage container to construction tool quicker than you can say HO HO H&O.

Get yourself a few rectangular plastic containers from our website and pack them with enough snow to make a brick. Then all you need to do is stack the bricks on top of each other and you'll be on your way to making an igloo. Who knows, if you get enough snow you could even build a snow castle.

Day 9: Sick bucket after the Christmas office party

The office Christmas party is my favourite part about Christmas. It’s a chance to let loose with the people that you see almost every day. Sometimes though, people can get a little too loose and in these situations it pays to have an H&O plastic sick bucket somewhere close at hand.

Day 10: Warming food up and (more importantly) keeping drinks cool

With only a couple of days to go until Christmas it might be time to defrost your Christmas turkey. Fill a large bucket with tepid water and weight the bird down so that it’s fully submerged. Once the turkeys defrosted and dry you can wash the container and fill it with ice to keep the lagers cool.

Day 11: Wrapping presents

If you are anything like me then you have definitely left the present wrapping to the night before. But plastic buckets come to the rescue again.

Clear a space in the dining room and arrange everything you need in separate buckets – wrapping paper in one, sticky tape stuck around the rim of another. Make up your own system and you’ll be able to avoid the embarrassment of badly wrapped presents – or making yourself look like an Egyptian mummy.

Day 12: The multi-purpose Christmas Day mega bucket

Finally, we present the super adaptable multi-purpose Christmas Day mega bucket that is so versatile it can be used for all sorts of different jobs through the day.

On Christmas morning, your H&O bucket can serve as a wrapping paper disposal unit to keep your living room nice and tidy. By lunchtime your bucket will find its way to the kitchen where it can be used as a turkey de-frosting station, or even as a place to keep the champagne on ice. In the evening, your bucket can be re-purposed again, this time as the perfect Christmas storage pod. Just pack away all the festive decorations, party hats and unwanted gifts and they will be ready to use again come Christmas 2015.

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