The holiday season is finally upon us and what better way to embrace it than by injecting your home with warmth, joy and festive ambiance?

Whether you have an upcoming party or are just bringing some winter cheer into your space, nothing gets you more excited for Christmas than an elegant décor scheme that engages all your senses. 

Scents, food, lights and sound – there is a lot that goes into creating the perfect Yuletide atmosphere for your home. Luckily, this guide has you covered and can point in the right direction from start to finish. 

Deck your halls 

The decoration is the main event at Christmas, so you need to make sure that your home looks the part. Once you’ve decided on a festive colour scheme, it’s time to adorn your living spaces with jolly ornaments and décor in the style of your choosing. 

You could go bold and beautiful with oversized paper decorations strategically placed above a sideboard for a focal point with a real wow factor.  If you’re more traditional at heart, opt for the timeless combination of red and green and create a sense of nostalgia with tinsel and nutcracker toys draped along your mantlepiece. 

The importance of music 

Music plays an important role in making a house ready for Christmas. Perfect for a party or if you’re just relaxing on a winter’s eve, there isn’t anything more festive than listening to seasonal anthems while sipping on a cup of mulled wine or enjoying the companying of your friends. 

If you have any vinyl records of your favourite Christmas songs, it’s time to dust them off. Not only will you get to sing along to a clearer sound, but records and a record player make a charming display. 

Festive scents 

Some things smell like Christmas – gingerbread, winter spice, cinnamon, and fir. Scented candles and potpourri are Christmas essentials and are ideal for placement in hallways, bathrooms and kitchens. Your home can smell like the holidays all season long and take you and your guests to a time of Christmas magic with just one whiff.

The best thing about it is that you can make your own Christmas potpourri with limited fuss and cost. Simply pick the fragrances you want and bring them to a boil in some water on your stovetop to make your space smell good enough to eat.  

Christmas drinks and nibbles 

Cooking. Baking. Cake decorating. These are all great bonding activities for you and the family when winter starts approaching. Better yet – you get to have a few laughs and lots of treats to snack on after. 

The aroma of roasting turkey, Christmas cake and other festive treats contribute to the season’s scent so be sure to try out some classic recipes. 

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