The holidays can be a busy, stressful time. You’re being pulled in a million different directions, your shopping list keeps getting longer, and your hands are always red and sticky (maybe that’s just me. I do love candy canes). Luckily YA author and Mental Floss host John Green has compiled some the most popular holiday hacks and seen if they’re helpful or as annoying as a string of working lights with one broken bulb. You’ll get the more obvious fare (everyone who has gone to first grade knows you can make snow flakes out of coffee filters) and the ingenious (wrapping paper clasp?!) and much more importantly never attempt to clean up broken glass with a piece of bread.