Home for the Holidays

Laurie WallCommunity Life

The holidays are a time to celebrate and enjoy being with family and friends. But after a big move, it can be hard to get into the holiday spirit. Here are some tips to help you make your new house a home this holiday season.

Unpack and Clean Up

A messy house will add to the stress you’re feeling about planning for the holidays. If the new house is still filled with unpacked boxes and piles of clutter, start your holiday prep by cleaning up—at least in a few common areas. Chances are, you’ll instantly feel more calm and you’ll have enough room to gather together as a family.

Explore Your New Town

Your family might be feeling a little sad about leaving behind your old town, friends, and familiar traditions. So the holidays are a great time to see what your new town has to offer. Make it a point to investigate holiday activities in nearby towns, too. It’ll give you a chance to look around the area when everything is cheerfully decorated for the holidays. 

Start New Traditions

Some traditions will stay with your family forever, but moving into a new home can also be a perfect time to start new ones. It might be a holiday movie night with cocoa and cookies or a family photo in your favorite room in the new house. Let every member of the family share their ideas for making your first holiday season in the new home one to remember.

Decorate Without Stress

Decorating is one of the best ways to make your house feel like a home this holiday season. The key, when dealing with the stress of settling into a new place, is not to become overwhelmed in the process. Don’t worry about going overboard. Instead, find a few key decorations that will liven up your space. A wreath on the door, festive frames on the shelves, and candles on the table can make your house feel holiday ready.

Make It Cozy

You don’t necessarily need to deck your halls with boughs of holly to make your new house a home this holiday season. Add a few cozy accessories that will make your family feel comfortable in the new space. Think fluffy pillows and knit blankets. Turn on a feel-good movie to bring your family together in your warm and inviting living room.

Send Cards

Sending cards is a great way to let your loved ones know you’re thinking of them while sharing your new address at the same time. (Hint: Many companies like Minted and Tiny Prints have great sales going on around the holidays.) Make a card with a photo of your family outside the house to give friends and family a sneak peek of the new place. Or, if you’re pressed for time, look for ready-made cards that feature a picture of your new town. 

Meet the Neighbors

Spread a little holiday cheer by meeting the families in your neighborhood. Take over a plate of cookies and introduce yourselves. While you’re there, be sure to ask them about holiday celebrations and events happening around town. Getting to know your neighbors will help you and your family feel more at home. 

Host a Party

This may seem like a big undertaking right after a move, but what better way to make your new house a home this holiday than to fill it with people you love? Make it happen by combining a holiday party with a housewarming. Ask your guests to skip gifts and bring a favorite dish to share instead. A potluck party will be less work for you and will give loved ones a chance to see your new home.

Settling into a new place during the holidays can be stressful, so it’s important to take time to relax and enjoy the season. Embrace old traditions, start new ones, and make the most of time with loved ones while you make your new house a home this holiday season. 

Tips for Unpacking

Is your home overflowing with unpacked boxes? Use these tips to help get your new home in order as quickly and easily as possible.