It's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. But for those who have just made the move into a new home it can feel like all the joy and festive traditions have been left behind.
Just because you are no longer in the home where you raised your children does not mean the holiday season should be any less special. Here are a few ways to ensure that you keep that holiday cheer alive and start making memories in your new home.
Decorate your home
You may not be going out and cutting down your own tree anymore, but that doesn't mean you should let up on the festive decorating. Go out an get yourself an artificial tree that fits your new space. Take a look at all the decorations you have and choose your favourites to put on the tree. Ornaments often have sentimental value and this will ensure that some of your old holiday traditions get transferred into your new place.
Decorate the outside of your new home with lights or a wreath on the door. If you don't have the energy to put up lights anymore there are spotlights that you can buy that project different colours and shapes onto the house. It's an easy way to make your home look festive without the the ladders and danger of falling.
Finally, get out all your festive dishware. Having a hot chocolate in a Santa mug and watching the snow fall is sure to get you into the spirit of the season.
Have people over
Just because you may not have as much space as you used to doesn't mean you shouldn't entertain. If having people over is something you enjoy organizing a holiday party might be just what the doctor ordered.
If you're not sure you want to have a big party, consider inviting friends over for coffee and Christmas cookies in the afternoon or a drink in the evening. Having a few special gatherings throughout the holiday season will make the time extra special and help you share your new space with your friends and family.
Baking is a surefire way to get your new home feeling like the holidays. Is there a type of sweet treat that you always make around Christmas for your friends and family? If nothing comes to mind try something like gingerbread that has loads of warm holiday spices that will make your whole home smell festive.
Keeping up with holidays traditions is important in a new home and what's more traditional than holiday baking? Not only will it make your house smell great but it will also ensure you have something to offer when your loved ones stop by to see your new place.
Here is a great recipe for gingerbread men that will sure get you in the Christmas spirit. You can even have the grand kids over to help decorate them!
Make a gratitude list
As you head into the holiday season make a list of all the things you are thankful for. Maybe it's your continued health, or your ever-expanding family. Writing a gratitude list is a great way to escape the blues and make you realize that, even though you may not be in your family home there are still lots of great things in your life to cherish and celebrate.
It has also been scientifically proven that gratitude benefits not only your mental but also your physical health. Keeping what you are grateful for top of mind will also help you get off on the right foot in the new year!
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