So, there you are, enjoying a hot cup of cocoa, when it hits you… It’s a few days before Christmas, you’re hosting, and your house is nowhere near the winter wonderland that it needs to be!
Fear not! Here at Shea Homes®, we pride ourselves on providing the ultimate home experiences, and the holidays are no different! Our gift to you this year: a couple of quick and easy (yet effective!) tips to get your home into the festive spirit. And the best part is that you don’t even have to head to the craft store for these decorations.
When it comes to the holidays—like so many things in life—the build-up is so much more fun than the take-down. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah at your Shea home, chances are there’s some stowing away in your immediate future. Below are a few ideas to help streamline the process and make next year’s holiday set-up even easier. Cue the holiday music and eggnog one last time.
Holiday lights are the nemesis of many otherwise happy revelers. It seems as if they spend their off-season wriggling themselves into nasty knots. The solution? Wrap them neatly around sheets of cardboard before tucking them away. Or around a coffee can, poking the plug into the can through an ‘X’ cut into the plastic top. When it comes to those heavy-duty exterior holiday lights, keep them on a portable hose reel. The wheels and handle make them easy to maneuver around the yard while you decorate.
Ornaments can be especially fragile (and chock-full of priceless memories), so storage that prevents jostling is crucial. Try an egg carton or apple box for your smaller round ornaments. Slip the larger flat ornaments into your stockings.
Real Christmas trees are (mercifully) tossed, but artificial trees occupy space in your basement all year long. Familyhandyman.com suggests sliding them neatly into sleek, 8” diameter concrete form tubes. So smart.
Whether you’re enjoying a white December, or perhaps just dreaming of one, the winter months are finally upon us and holiday cheer is in the air! Though this time of year is a season of tradition-making and gift-giving, it is most importantly a special opportunity to connect with loved ones and share life with one another. To help you create a merrier place to gather, we’re sharing some tips and ideas to make your house a home for the holidays.
The holidays are the best time of year, but they can also be the most stressful, especially if you’re hosting a family get-together for the first time! Never fear, it just takes a little practice… but some awesome tips from us doesn’t hurt either! Keep on reading below to find out how you can make your first holiday party a success:
Have a Potluck –
We all know that friends and family members can have their own specialty recipes that are down right delicious! If you think your guests would like your Aunt Milly’s apple cobbler, have her bring it to the party!
Start Your Own Tradition –
Traditions are a huge part of what makes the holidays so special, so why not try creating a holiday tradition of your own? You can pick a game for everyone to play, make a certain dish every year, or a pick a great movie to watch!