The best thing about Christmas is not the presents; it is the ability to spread a little Christmas spirit to friends, family and even strangers. You do not always have to have the biggest and most extravagant Christmas decorations. There are plenty of little, subtle things you can do to create a magical Christmas wonderland which your family can cherish. In order prepare for Christmas, there are a few simple ‘to do’s’ to ensure a successful and stress-free Christmas.
First things first, winter cleaning, giving the home a quick clean before decorating is vital. Not the most enjoyable Christmas job, but a necessity none the less. A clean home creates a good foundation and means whoever visits your home will not notice the mess but rather the gorgeous Christmas decorations.
Make your home stand out! Putting up the Christmas lights and perhaps the most rewarding Christmas job, but is one of the most important. Be careful with how you choose to style the Christmas lights, they can enhance the overall design, or if poorly done, they can ruin the whole thing. We like to think of it as trying to create a classy Blackpool Tower! Remember to use only properly functioning lights as they can cause fires.
If you want your home not only to look good but smell good, fresh baking is a fun and easy way to create a Christmas atmosphere. Making new batches of cookies such as gingerbread biscuits are an obvious choice. It will make your home smell nice, they taste great too, plus it will be a great decoration that you and your family can enjoy at the end of the day.
If your home is a little further afield and you don’t get the joy of a visit from the local carollers, then the next best thing you can do is put on some carolling music that can play in the background, it will set the mood, and everyone will feel the Christmas spirit.
One way to enjoy the Christmas evenings next to a warm fire with your family snuggled up under a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate- there is nothing better on a cold winter’s night. Creating a warm and cosy environment is one of the simplest things to make it feel Christmassy. If you do not have a fire in your home, lighting candles is the next best thing, placing them around the room will create a cosy and inviting atmosphere.