We look forward to it all year and plan for months in the run up to the big day, so Christmas festivities and mingling with families and friends should go without a hitch, right? Well, have you told the kids? Even with the best laid plans, there are so many potential pitfalls that can ruin the festive fun and provide even the most prepared parents with problems.

This year, to give yourself the best chance of surviving the season, here are some top hacks for frazzled parents to try in order to avoid Christmas Day meltdowns (from the kids and you!)

Use the tights over the vacuum trick

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to watch our little ones finishing off their new Lego, only to start screaming because they’re missing a piece, or see their crumpling face they start to wail as they’re unable to complete their new jigsaw.

You start to hunt for the missing pieces, only for the realisation to set in that you hoovered just this morning – and the missing bits probably ended up in the bin. But there is a way you can avoid this – and all you need is hosiery.

This year, avoid Lego loss and jigsaw jeopardy by covering the end of your vacuum cleaner with an old pair of tights from your sock drawer. The tiny bits might make a noise as they hit the end of the nozzle, but there’s no way for them to get sucked up – genius!

Keep a mini screwdriver close to hand

There are plenty of things you can count on this Christmas. And this year’s must-have toys requiring batteries is one of them. There’s nothing worse than being unprepared and trying to open the back of a talking doll or walking robot with the kitchen knife! To avoid a verbal battery-ing from your traumatised toddler, make sure to have your trusty mini screwdriver at hand to quickly whip open the back and effortlessly pop in the batteries.

Have an emergency supply of batteries

Speaking of batteries, can you ever have too many? Don’t underestimate the energy-guzzling power of an electric game and the fallout that comes after it’s game over. Make like Santa instead and whip out a fresh supply – just make sure they’re charged!

Turn tidying up into a game

It’s not a job anyone wants on Christmas Day, but the endless rounds of unwrapping gifts and discarded sweet papers and crisp crumbs can cause a mess which will require fairly immediate attention before the festivities can continue. This year, enlist everyone’s help and turn tidying up into a game. From time trials to the bin, to the neatest wrapping refolding, there are lots of angles you can take on this – just get creative!

Use WD-40 Multiuse spray for removing sticky residue

You may think of WD-40 as a lubricating spray or a rust remover, but did you know that WD-40 can be used to remove stickers – and their glue – on toys? It’s also great for getting rid of the sticky mess left behind from adhesive strips or the blu-tac you’ve used to stick up Christmas cards. Simply spray some WD-40 Multi-Use Spray on the troublesome area, then then wipe away with a clean cloth.

Now that you have some ideas on how to prevent Christmas meltdowns, why not discover more of our DIY tips and tricks? Did you know that WD-40 can be used to remove chewing gum from carpet, remove crayon from walls and clean the bathroom tiles? Browse our blog for more WD-40 Uses and DIY tips.