We’re all counting days till the best part of the year, aren’t we? Soon, the smell of the freshly baked gingerbreads will spread through the house. Colorful lights will twinkle, while Mariah Carey lights the spirits. Home Alone will occupy our TV screens, as every December.
With it, the inevitable stress comes kicking in. And if we could visualize it, it would look exactly how Macaulay Culkin looked in his “best” days. However, a little planning and organizing can help with that. The best part of the year can be stress-free. In this post, you can read some tips and tricks on how to enjoy every step of preparation and create a cozy holiday atmosphere.
DIY Decor? Yes!
In most of us, a little Christmas Elf is waiting to get all creative. Why spend money on the generic decoration you can see everywhere? Instead, create something unique that nobody else has.
Just imagine the reaction your guests will have when they see the art you’ve made! Besides, you can craft your gifts, as well. What’s better than a present from the heart? Before we get all crafty, let’s focus some of that creativity on the atmosphere we’re trying to achieve. Without a doubt, illumination plays an enormous role here. Your home really can be a little bright star shining in your neighborhood.
Regarding the interior, warm, atmospheric lights will create a real holiday atmosphere. For more inspiration, check Hudalighting—it got me inspired! I can’t wait to try it out this Christmas! Talking about lights – don’t you love to see the game light play when reflected on a glass surface? Like little stars floating in our living rooms!
A creative way to achieve that is by making your own snow globes! Remember how you played with it as a kid, imagining your secret world inside of it. If you have kids, they would be thrilled with a Frozen themed snow globe. What a way to create happy memories. If you’re a person looking for a different Christmas atmosphere, there are amazing and unexpected ways to do so.
Just get creative!
It’s All About Flavors
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the smell of cinnamon, apples, pine, oranges, berries, and so on. What’s a better way to enjoy the evening than snuggling up on the sofa, with your favorite movie on the TV? With a cup of a home-made punch?
Even better, with scented candles lit up around the house for the additional warmth.
Triggering the senses with the right aromas and tastes can impact our mood and emotions. The perfect example of that is when we remember our grandmas and their holiday meals. You can almost smell it and taste it in your memory, can’t you? There’s no reason not to continue the tradition. You can find thousands of traditional cookbooks, or if you’re lucky enough, cook directly from a granny’s recipe.
Just make sure to include all your favorite aromas!
While talking about food, do you remember a home-made gingerbread house? Other than its looks that match the atmosphere, it also tasted heavenly. I can confidently say it’s on my Christmas to-do list, every year.
A Secret for a Stress-Free Holiday
As promised at the beginning, everything mentioned here is easy to achieve with Zero Stress. There are only two words you should remember here:
It’s pretty simple, really. The scary part, as it usually is for everything you’re about to start is, well, starting it. Take a pen and a paper and write down everything you wish to do this holiday.
Step-by-step, create a plan for cleaning the house and maintaining it afterward. Put kids to work, too, even if they’re not up for the task. They have to learn, eventually. A clean house is a base for everything else here.
Furthermore, no matter if you’re buying gifts and decorations, or making them yourself, make sure to start on time. Last-minute shopping, or crafting, should be avoided. You certainly have other things to do instead, don’t you? Like cooking a delicious meal!
In the End
Christmas is a magical time of the year. It doesn’t matter how you celebrate it, as long you feel that magic that comes with it. Enjoy it with your loved ones and spread the love to those less fortunate than you. It’s a time of kindness, after all.