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.