Choose the right Christmas tree
Before you start looking for that dream Christmas tree it’s important that you find one that fits, so measure the area you intend to display it in before you leave the house, factoring in the size of the stand. Choose a well-lit spot where the tree will stand out, away from radiators and not easily accessible by pets and children. If you’re buying a real tree, then look for one that’s been freshly cut with bright, shiny needles. The best way to choose a good tree is to give it a good shake – the less needles that fall off, the better! There are many different sizes, colours and shapes of tree available if you’re looking for a fake one – have a look online and choose something that goes with your décor!
Thinking about decorating the front of your house?
There are many ways to decorate the outside of your house, from a ‘Santa Stop Here’ sign to the extravagant displays we see every year drawing in the crowds! It depends on the individual, although if you are considering a huge, lit up display you may want to discuss it with your neighbours. You may also want to consider your location before spending too much money on your exterior display – if you’re on a popular route back from a pub you may find ornaments start to go missing!
Make your home smell Christmassy
Smell evokes emotions more readily other senses. Make your home smell Christmassy and people will immediately feel more festive! You can invest in candles, incense and potpourri or save money by making a “simmer pot” recipe on the hob – a popular recipe uses orange peel, apple slices, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Experiment until you find your favourite scent! If you find you like this option you can start saving and drying your fruit peels to use over the Christmas period next year.
Create a festive Christmas table
Invest in some Christmassy plates and cutlery and use throughout December. Either buy a set you like outright or add a new piece each year – it can be fun looking for that perfect new addition to the table! Now work on your centrepiece – there many different types to consider. If you’re looking to step away from the traditional candles, go for a woodland theme.
Turn off the lights
For many of us, fairy-lights and candles are the most special part of the Christmas décor. Surround yourself with twinkly lights and turn off the main lights to create a most festive ambience!
So pull out your favourite Christmas jumper, put your favourite Christmas film on the TV, grab a glass of mulled wine and start decorating!