Create a festive atmosphere to enhance timeless family holiday traditions

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Let’s face it – life can get pretty hectic, and it’s hard to always find the time to be with family. That’s what makes the holiday season so special! During the holidays, families are brought together and crazy schedules are put aside so that holiday traditions can remain intact. This year, enjoy all of those timeless traditions spent with family even more by creating a festive atmosphere in your home.

Here are some simple ways you can enhance your favorite holiday activities:

Watching holiday movies
Instead of watching your favorite holiday programs in the dark, string up some lights in the living room. Your family only watches these movies once a year, so it’s important to make the night feel even more special! Whether you choose to hang up colored or white lights, they’ll instantly give the room a cheery look.

Enjoying a holiday meal
Enhance a holiday meal by decorating the table to look festive! Depending on what you prefer, you could cover the table with a decorative holiday tablecloth. Or, you can opt for no tablecloth and place a large Pine and Berry Centerpiece in the middle instead. To complete the look, set the table with white plates and red cloth napkins.

Stock Photo by Sean Locke

Stock Photo by Sean Locke

Baking cookies
Ah, baking Christmas cookies. Is there really anything better? Nothing comes to mind! Assuming you don’t eat all of the cookie dough (we won’t tell anyone!), you can present the delicious-looking cookies on holiday plates for Santa, or on beautiful glass platters for guests to enjoy.

Decorating the tree
Before hanging ornaments and covering the Christmas tree with tinsel, decorate the rest of the room first. Then, when the room already looks like Christmas, turn on the holiday music and enjoy decorating the tree as the final touch. Decorating the tree with festive décor while listening to music will put your family in the holiday spirit.

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Opening presents
For kids who celebrate Christmas, opening presents is often their favorite part of the holidays. Make these moments even more memorable by making a fire while the present opening commences. It’ll instantly make the room feel cozier and enhance the warm atmosphere of your home.

Try out these ideas to add a little festiveness to your holiday family traditions!

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Housewarming: Gift ideas to make new homeowners smile

With what looks to be the worst of the housing rut behind us and numerous reports declaring sellers’ markets in cities nationwide, it appears the housing market is officially rebounding. It’s likely you have plenty of friends and family that are scooping up new homes, meaning plenty of housewarming parties are in your future.

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Congratulate your loved ones on their new home-sweet-home with unique gifts that show you care. Here are five spectacular housewarming gift ideas:

1. Faux flowers and plantsfaux flower

Why send a bouquet that will last a few days when you can send a beautiful silk flower arrangement or plant that will add a splash of color to any room all year long? Modern faux flowers and plants are designed and constructed so well you can hardly tell the difference between them and live plants.

2. Decorative throwswoolblanket

If you want a gift that embraces fashion and function, look no further than a luxurious throw. Whether it’s used as an accent piece on a favorite chair or provides warmth on cool evenings, it will remind your loved ones of you each time they touch its soft fibers.

3. Garden delightsSolarChime

Garden and patio accessories provide a touch of class to any outdoor space. Help the new homeowners settle in by gifting them with a piece of outdoor décor. From graceful garden bells and wind chimes to beautiful bird feeders and quaint gnomes, outdoor accessories can be tons of fun.

4. Focus on the kids

Sometimes moving is difficult for children. Help little ones adjust to their new home by making your housewarming gift kid-friendly. Plush blankets, framed artwork, decorative mirrors, small toys, treats and books all help children get excited about their new home and make them feel special.CrocodileFloorCushion

RoosterBasket5. Build a basket

When in doubt, you can never go wrong with a custom-made gift basket. Remember, the package is just as important as what you put in it! Whether a beautiful wicker basket or wrought iron fruit basket, what holds the contents can be used over and over again by the new homeowners.