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How to Make your Home Feel More Festive this Christmas

 

26 Nov 2019

A Christmas without a festive atmosphere? Humbug! Here we take you on a journey for the senses by sharing our thoughts on how best to make your whole house feel Christmassy.

You Eat with Your Eyes

Whilst Christmas lunch may be one of the highlights of your festive fling, it wouldn’t be quite the same without all the effort that goes into decorating and preparing your home for those special twelve days. For many a Christmas tree is the centre point of their efforts and with good reason. A real tree not only looks great, it also smells amazing, but what else can you do to make your home look Christmassy?

Lighting provides magic and drama to the home and so use fairy lights inside and festoons outside. Doing so, whether you’re going for grotto glamour or Scandi sophistication, will make all the difference to your Christmas cheer.

Jingle Bells and Festive Playlists

Strings of bells are a lovely addition to the likes of tinsel and baubles, but when it comes to Christmas music, you may want something a little more adventurous than a simple jingle. Create three festive playlists and you’ll be rocking around the Christmas tree from morning until night.

Carols are relaxing and so maybe kick off your day with these for playlist number one. Soundtrack songs from Christmas films is another option that is easy to pull together for playlist two and for three how about all the pop favourites – “So here it is Merry Christmas…” 

The Smells of Christmas

No, we’re not talking about the smell of sprouts cooking. More like chestnuts roasting on an open fire or oranges spiked with cloves and placed on the mantelpiece – yes the smells from food can be wonderful at Christmas time, but there are other ways to make sure your home smells Christmassy. Mix together some seasonal spices, soak with a little hot water and place them in an essential oil burner – soon your home will smell sensational.

Christmas at Your Fingertips

A Christmas for all the senses has to include touch and here we need to think soft and snuggly. One of the easiest ways to have a touchtastic Christmas comes from clothes; the now almost obligatory Christmas jumper for instance or a Santa hat. If you really want to indulge yourself, how about a seasonal red blanket and matching cushion covers that you can cuddle and huddle with when watching telly or even new slippers – what a delight! 

Christmas on a Plate

When it comes to making your home feel more Christmassy with food, you probably need little versing; turkey, mince pies and of course Christmas puddings make for a fabulous festive feast, but here are a couple of other ideas you may not have considered. Fruit bowls full of clementines, cups of mulled wine and homemade sausage rolls all make it into our top 10 ideas for Christmas on a plate.

Get the most from Christmas this year and make the whole house a treat for all of the senses.

By Louise Whittland

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