Smaller Home, Same Holiday Cheer
Posted on November 21, 2016
holidays are more than big Santa decorations and parties that
go until the wee hours. Holidays are the time to make memories your family
will hold onto forever. The laughter and smiles that fill the room are what the
holidays are all about.
If you have
recently downsized your home, you may wonder what this holiday season will be
like. You no longer have that sprawling kitchen that was once perfect for
entertaining. The big yard that was seemingly designed for decorating is no longer yours. But no worries—there are lots of fun, creative ways to maintain
your holiday spirit, even in a smaller home.
Enjoy Holiday Decorations Even When You Can’t Decorate
Christmas lights during Thanksgiving weekend used to be a tradition for the
whole family. It’s true, big yards are fun to decorate. However,
downsizing doesn’t mean the end to holiday decoration enjoyment. Keep
your memories close and try new ways to enjoy holiday lights.
- Invite the family to holiday light night drives. Drive through neighborhoods and check out everyone else’s lights and
decorations. You can do this as many times as your family desires. Enjoy the
combination of simple and elaborate decorations throughout each neighborhood.
At the end, talk about your favorite houses. Each time you go try a new
neighborhood. This way there will always be new lights to see.
- Visit popular decoration hotspots. Parks or
famously decorated streets are a holiday staple in many towns and cities. Pack the car with gingerbread and hot
chocolate and make your way to one of these festive local
- Celebrate a tree lighting ceremony or holiday parade. There is something magical about the tree lighting ceremony down
Main Street. Same goes for holiday parades. Find a tree lighting or
holiday parade in your area and join in on the celebration. While you’re there,
pick up some hot cocoa, egg nog, and other holiday treats. They are sure
to warm your family’s holiday spirit.
- Hang up lights in the small outdoor space you have. Just because you don’t have a yard to decorate doesn’t mean you can’t
decorate the outdoor space you have. Line your door with festive lights to
ignite holiday joy every time you come home. If you have a small patio, string
lights along the balcony to show your holiday spirit.
Forgo Hosting This Holiday
home may mean that you can’t have a big holiday party like you once
did. That doesn’t mean you're out of options for making holidays
- The Nutcracker Ballet is great for
all ages. It’s a ballet that is as old as
time. The holiday charm and beautiful dancing makes it a must see holiday
performance. Pair it with a nice evening dinner and you have all the makings of
a magical holiday memory.
- Host a family slumber party. Invite your
loved ones to bring sleeping bags for an intimate sleep over. You’ll have fun
with games, food and good company. All ages will enjoy this nice evening and
you don’t need much space to host a sleepover.
- Rent a space if you’re still itching to throw a party. Throwing a holiday party may be too difficult to give up. If so, rent
out a local hall or banquet room to throw it in. The nice thing about that
means not as much clean-up. However, it may cost more than you’d like to spend.
Call your local hotels and community centers to shop around for the best space
at the best price.
Decorate the Space You Have, No Matter How Small
home means that an 8-foot-tall Christmas tree might not fit in your living room.
It may be hard to stray from such a long standing tradition of picking out a
big tree. But there are other ways to create holiday cheer indoors that are
perfect for your downsized home.
- Washi tape
Christmas trees are perfect for small spaces. You could get a smaller tree, or even an artificial one, but washi
tape trees are so cute! This rice paper tape is currently trending and
available at any craft store. Make a
wall tree out of it. Washi tape takes up absolutely no space while adding
so much Christmas DIY charm.
- Use wall space
rather than counters and floor space. Decorate your home with wall décor to decrease the clutter of adding
more things to your small home. Place your string lights around windows & door frames for an evening holiday
glow. Hang up your Christmas cards on a string with clothes pins instead of placing
them on the counter or on a cluttered refrigerator.
bring charm to the home during holidays. If
you don’t have a safe place to put open flame candles, LED candles are a great
option. You’ll enjoy the same ambiance and can put them all over your home. Forgo
the risks of fire by using LED flameless candles this year.
A New Home Means New Traditions, And That’s OK
The holidays are a
great time to make new memories with loved ones. Just because you have
downsized your home doesn’t mean that your holiday festivities have to be
downsized too. Embracing new traditions can actually bring more excitement to the
season. No matter how you choose to spend your holidays, may they be merry and
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