So you’ve put your witch costume back into the wardrobe, and the old carved pumpkin is wilting away on the window sill. It’s time to wave goodbye to Halloween and to embrace the preps for the Christmas season. You may not need to get rid of everything that you bought for the night of the Hallows, especially if you had in mind to bake a delicious pumpkin pie or pumpkin muffins.
Thankfully for your kitchen preps, the Halloween spices can be repurposed as Christmas spices in recipes for yummy treats. And if you bought plenty of pumpkin pie syrup to pour into your morning coffee, there’s no reason to bin it and look for a Christmas pudding alternative. But the rest should go: No more ghoulish decoration, no more ghost sticker on the window, and especially no more wig and horror makeup. It’s time to transform your home into a cosy festivities’ cocoon.
The essential basics you need to renew
It doesn’t matter how much care you take of your Christmas decorations; you will find that every year you need to replace some items that have broken or show unmissable signs of wear and tear. Garlands, tree ornaments and lights are part of the traditional renewal shopping that everyone needs to plan ahead of Christmas.
If you’ve got some time and if you enjoy craft activities, you can make your own Christmas decorations. Painted salt dough cuttings can prove to be cute and trendy ornaments, especially if you use a paw print of your furry friend! Or pinecones can be painted and decorated accordingly too, assuming that you let them dry first. And remember to buy a new tree if you’re using a fake one. They only look good for a few years!
Make room for family reunions
The thriller and horror films are disappearing from the main TV channels to be replaced by the first Christmas specials, from the old Star Wars to the Grinch, via Harry Potter. You know that you’ll be spending soon your evenings and weekends cuddled up with your family in front of the little screen! But before that happens, there’s still time to give your living room an upgrade with a gloss TV stand with lights and new cushions on the couch.
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We’re having family over this Christmas, so we’ve moved the armchair from the bedroom into the lounge to make more room for people to be comfortable. I’m so excited to get a few thick throws in Christmassy patterns and extra hides to stay warmly wrapped! Nothing beats the festive season with your nearest and dearest.
Get ready for a season of sweet indulgences
There’s no Christmas without a traditional Christmas dinner, and if it’s your turn to host the family meal, it means you need to start preparing your kitchen. Make sure you buy all your ingredients in advance — okay not too early, but you can already get all spices and place your orders for a turkey.
A good idea also is to upgrade your cutlery and crockery, as there’s nothing worth that hosting a dinner where nothing matches! And finally, do a test run before the big day so that you feel confident of your Christmas success!
Time to get rid of your black and orange decor to create something festive and family-focused for Christmas. Gold and purple, red and green, or even white and silver, you choose the style. As long as you’re ready for it and you’re celebrating with your loved ones, it will be a very merry Christmas indeed!