Deck the halls this December to bring the festive cheer to your household!
As the festive season approaches, getting your home ready for Christmas is a cherished tradition. From decking the halls to preparing for cosy nights in, here are several ways to bring the spirit of Christmas into your home.
Whether you live in one of the new homes in Darlington or an older property in the countryside, there’s nothing like unleashing the festive spirit on your home. Let’s take a look at our top tips to get your home Christmas ready!
Winter days are short, so lighting plays a crucial role in creating a festive atmosphere. Start by adorning your home with twinkling fairy lights. Consider outdoor lights for your garden or balcony, and don’t forget the classic Christmas tree lights.
Traditional Christmas tree
Of course, a beautifully decorated Christmas tree is the centrepiece of any home during the holidays. Opt for a real tree for an authentic experience and decorate it with a mix of traditional baubles, family heirlooms, and handcrafted ornaments. Remember to water it regularly!
Fill your home with the scents of Christmas. Candles and diffusers in fragrances like cinnamon, pine, and mulled wine can instantly make your home feel warmer and more inviting.
Swap out your regular textiles for more seasonal options. Think thick throws, festive-themed cushion covers, and warm, woolly rugs. Tartan patterns are a popular choice, offering a classic and cosy feel.
Christmas wreath and garlands
Hang a lush Christmas wreath on your front door to welcome guests. Garlands of evergreen, holly, or mistletoe can be draped over mantelpieces, banisters, or door frames for an extra festive touch.
Festive table setting
Whether you’re hosting a big family dinner or a small gathering, a festive table setting is key. Use a Christmas-themed tablecloth, fine china, and crystal glassware. Don’t forget the crackers for a truly British experience!
Prepare the guest room
If you’re expecting overnight guests, prepare your guest room with fresh bedding, extra blankets, and perhaps a small Christmas tree or decorations to make them feel at home.
Stock up on essentials
Ensure you have all the essentials for the festive period. This includes enough food and drink, wrapping paper, batteries for toys, and any other necessities that might be harder to come by during the holiday closures.
Create a festive playlist
Music sets the mood, so create a Christmas playlist with a mix of classic Christmas songs and carols to play in the background during the festive season.
Plan your Christmas menu
Christmas dinner is a significant affair. Plan your menu in advance, including the turkey, Christmas pudding, and all the trimmings. Don’t forget vegetarian or vegan options for those with different dietary preferences.
Make room for new gifts
Before the influx of new gifts, declutter and make space. It’s a great opportunity to donate items you no longer need to charity.
Install a mantelpiece display
A mantelpiece display with stockings, candles, and small festive figurines adds a traditional charm to your living room.
With all the extra lights and decorations, ensure that your home is safe. Check your smoke alarms, keep a fire extinguisher handy, and be mindful of candle placement.
Embrace local traditions
Participate in local Christmas traditions, whether it’s attending a carol service, visiting a Christmas market, or watching a pantomime. By incorporating these elements, your home will not only look festive but also provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for enjoying the holiday season with family and friends. Happy decorating!