Deck the halls with boughs of holly: Preparing your home for Christmas
Without doubt, the festive season is one of the most magical times of the year for those who celebrate – and we at Mont love nothing more than getting into the Christmas spirit.
Our homes are the hub of the holiday season. They’re where our families gather, where we celebrate together and where we relax with full bellies and full hearts after a busy Christmas Day.
And tradition tells us that early December is prime time to start adding some festive flourishes to your home. From basic maintenance and decluttering to tizzying up your abode with tinsel, lights and joyful cheer, here’s some ideas to help get you in a merry mood.
Christmas clear out
There’s never a bad time to tackle those lingering domestic maintenance jobs or to embark on a spot of decluttering; and having a clean house will make Christmas decorating a whole lot easier. Having less clutter and chaos will help you feel more organised, especially when your relatives descend on your house en masse on Christmas Day. If you have children, it’s also worth considering a clean out of their toys and wardrobes in the lead-up to Christmas so their bedrooms aren’t inundated with new presents. Offload what they no longer need to your local op shop or local ‘Buy Nothing’ Facebook page and enjoy the joy of giving even before Christmas Day.
Good things come in trees
The centrepiece of your holiday season home is likely to be a Christmas tree. Whether you prefer a real plant or a reusable one is a personal choice, as is if you opt for a theme when dressing your tree or you revel in more personalised, homemade decorations. Either way, the mantra ‘less is more’ should ring true if you want to make maximum impact. Avoid excessive, gaudy decorations and instead go for simple embellishments. It will offer a more elegant style and having a minimalistic look will mean less to pack up when the festivities finish.
Keep it simple
There’s a fine line between Christmas cheer and a festive flop when it comes to home decoration so it’s important to choose options that are right for your living space. If you live in a small apartment, consider simple options and make the most of spaces you already have, like a window sill or a book shelf, rather than setting up a dedicated Christmas area. Hanging a wreath or a festive bow on your front door is a simple and space-saving option when it comes to decorating – and there are even cost-effective floristry courses available if you would like to try your hand at creating your own masterpiece. Wreaths can also double as a table decoration come Christmas Day.
There’s nothing quite like an impressive display of Christmas lights to pique the interest of big and little kids and build excitement levels. Plenty of families love driving around the streets spotting the best and brightest displays. Your home might be one of them. But if the idea of creating an extensive lighting display in line with the Griswold’s isn’t your thing, then consider a few strings of outdoor fairy lights. It doesn’t take much effort to drape some fairy lights over your porch, around a tree or on a hedge. They always look amazing and won’t having your place looking like the Grinch lives there.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed during Christmas with the revolving door of friends and relatives rocking up with armfuls of gifts and platters of food. Having some festive music or Christmas scented candles might help you to feel calm. Try not to sweat the small stuff, relax and soak up the beauty of this special time.