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Book your flight for early on Christmas Day. "It's considerably less hectic than December 24," says Jen Catto, a senior editor at Travelocity.

Surf the Web for deals. Forgot to make a reservation? "The Internet is your best bet for last-minute offers," says James Sherman, CEO and founder of Sherman's Travel Web site and magazine. "Airlines generally release them on Mondays and Tuesdays for travel that weekend." You're more likely to find a good price if you're flexible with your airport choice, adds Jeff Varhol, general manager of Site59.com, where you can book a flight three hours before departure. For instance, if you're trying to get to New York City, include the White Plains and Islip airports in your search.

Ship ahead. Consider sending gifts to your destination in advance. Checking your loads of stuff, particularly with the new carry-on restrictions, can result in longer waits, says Catto. And sadly, wrapped presents may have to be opened by airport security.

Buy a day pass for your airline's first-class and business lounge. "It'll cost about $50, but it's really worth the money if you've got a long wait or layover," says Sherman. "The seats are more comfortable, snacks and drinks are available, and there are TVs and sometimes showers." You'll likely need to purchase the pass ahead of time; check the airline's Web site.

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maasshelga wrote:

On Christmas Eve our family looks forward to get together at our house. Our three granddaughters come earlier and visit with each other while they finish decorating the indoor Christmas tree, are having fun carrying all our gifts from where they were stored to the tree. Then they help sett the tables with the holiday china, which gives me time to finish the last minute touches to the cooking before the rest of the family arrives. This way we work together and are having fun, too.

12/6/2009 07:18:57 PM Report Abuse
veggiedogs wrote:

Gifts turn into a simple craft for occupying kids too. Have them decorate butcher paper with markers or stickers. They love to give gifts featuring 'their' giftwrap designs.

12/6/2009 12:50:24 PM Report Abuse
bigrugger wrote:

my family always enjoyed wrapping gifts in the comic section from the newspaper (especially Sunday's which came in color)

12/6/2009 10:50:09 AM Report Abuse
beth7cam wrote:

Good ideas

10/24/2009 09:07:36 AM Report Abuse

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