Use your senses to get your home prepared for Christmas

Use your senses to get your home prepared for Christmas | H is for Home

September starts tomorrow, so there’s only three months to go before that holiday season rolls around again. We’ve prepared a guide which can help you use your five senses to get your home prepared for Christmas.

Sight

A string of fairy lights behind a jade plant in a white ceramic pot

Hang a wreath on your front door, it’s welcoming to holiday visitors and sets the Christmas mood before you even enter the house. Introduce fairy lights, tea lights and candles throughout your home – the magical twinkle lifts your mood every time you enter a room. And not forgetting a Yuletide centrepiece; it often takes the form of a traditional Christmas tree which everyone loves, but perhaps experiment with tree branches to hang those brightly coloured baubles. Silver birch is readily available and the white, textured bark works really well.

Smell

True Grace cinnamon & clove scented candle from House of Fraser

Certain fragrances just conjure up that Christmas feeling; pine, spiced oranges, frankincense and myrrh. Introduce smells into your rooms by using candles, room infusers, pot-pourri etc. Soap, bath oils and bubble bath for those long soaks and treasured moments of holiday relaxation. If you have a real fire, keep some nice logs or foraged pine cones beside it – throw one on the flames from time to time to fill the room with a gorgeous woody aroma.

Sound

Crossley portable record player

Dust off those vintage Christmas 45s! If you don’t have a record player, do what we did and get Spotify. There are thousands of Christmas tunes and ready-made Christmas play-lists. All you need is an online device – smart phone, tablet, computer, even your TV – that you can hook up to speakers.

Taste

Making Christmas gingerbread figures

What’s Christmas without food and drink? Gingerbread, mulled wine, minced pies, Christmas cake, eggnog and all the roast fayre. It’s a time for treating yourself – perhaps over indulging a little! Put a hamper on your pressie list… or buy yourself one. They’re often filled with seasonal items you don’t see during the rest of the year. Alternatively, find yourself a nice basket and add small luxury items that you see in the weeks & months leading up to Christmas. You can then dip into the basket of special treats over the holidays (providing you’ve not been cheating and raiding it beforehand!). There’s nothing better to make the day seem a bit special!

Touch

Pile of blankets

It’s always cold at Christmas – unless you live in the tropics or southern hemisphere. Stock up on woolly blankets, fluffy sheepskin rugs, and fleecy cushions. We love a crisp, chilly Christmas or Boxing Day walk with the dog, but nothing beats snuggling up indoors in front of the wood-burner with a mug of hot chocolate afterwards!

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Etsy List: Christmas foodie gifts

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Christmas foodie gifts Etsy List curated by H is for Home

One of the real pleasures of Christmas is the foodstuffs that are once a year treats or distinctive to the season. Sometimes you pop them into your own festive shopping basket, and other times (even better) you’re given gifts that make your mouth water. Chocolates, cakes, relishes and the like… we’re getting excited! Here are a few favourite Christmas foodie gifts we found on Etsy.

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Price Points: Christmas wrapping paper

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Christmas wrapping paper options

This week, our online ordered presents have begun arriving with a knock at the door by the postman. I’m rubbish at hiding them until the big day so they generally get wrapped and put under the tree straight away in readiness for the big day.

We have a metallic, copper-coloured tree and we like our Christmas wrapping paper, ribbon and bows to coordinate (is that a sad thing to admit? 😐 ). We usually buy 3-metre rolls of plain brown paper; but looking online recently, we discovered that you can get a 35-metre roll for not much more!

  1. Personalised Christmas Baubles set of three wrapping paper sheets by Abigail Warner: £15.00, Selfridges
  2. WHSmith Green Woodland Animals Christmas wrapping paper 3m (Pack of 2 rolls): £4.89, WH Smith
  3. Kraft brown paper roll 750mm x 35m: £4.52, The Post Office

Etsy List: Christmas cards

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'Christmas cards' Etsy List curated by H is for Home

Every year, I say that next year, I’m going to get my act together and make my own Christmas cards. Every year, Christmas rushes up on me and I’m busy with preparing & filing our tax returns, working, blogging, dog walking… and the home-made, hand-made cards never get done.

For a few consecutive years around a decade ago, I was really good at getting them made and posted off on time. Often times recently however, we’ve ended up having to rush and get packs of cards from shops on the high street. This year, we’re going to do the next best thing; home-made, hand-made Christmas cards from indie makers on Etsy.

Next year, I’m going to get my act together and make my own! 🙂

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