We’ve all heard the old chorus, “there’s no place like home for the holidays,” and it really is true. A cozy corner, some twinkling lights, or a favorite meal with loved ones can make this time of year feel merry and bright. But the decorations, celebrations, and gifts are often accompanied by a long to-do list. Here are a few ideas to help streamline your list and check it twice!
Make your home feel festive with holiday décor.
Adding some small, seasonal accents around your home can be an easy way to make your space feel merry and bright without a lot of effort. Hanging a string of lights, adding evergreen branches to a mantle or table, playing holiday music, or lighting a seasonal scented candle are all simple ways to fill your home with cheer.
Meal plan and prepare food ahead of time.
Whether it’s a casual meal with friends or a time-honored, traditional family meal, preparing food ahead of time can reduce the stress of hosting. Many side dishes can be prepared beforehand and re-heated prior to serving. Consider offering your guests simple appetizers like cheese and crackers or a crudité.
Looking for a fun spin on dessert? Ask your guests to bring a batch of their favorite cookies and host a cookie swap, sending everyone home with a plateful of treats.
Shop local for thoughtful gifts.
This time of year provides an opportunity to show others we appreciate them through gift giving. Shopping at local small businesses for your holiday gifts can be a great way to find unique gifts while supporting your community.
Not sure what the right gift is for someone on your list? Think outside the (gift) box for ideas! Gift cards to locally owned restaurants, hardware stores, spas, or even a local museum can make for memorable experiences.
However you plan to celebrate the holidays, let these tips help make the hustle and bustle of the season a little bit easier. From all of us at Evergreen Home Loans™, we wish you the very best this holiday!