A new home, where we have never spent the holidays before, doesn't necessarily have the Christmas atmosphere we want right away. After all, the old memories are linked to a previous apartment or house, the decorations don't have the right place yet, and maybe our family hasn't settled down yet.
However, there are also many opportunities in a new home during the Advent period. We can celebrate moving in with new decorations that match the apartment better. Or we can finally place atmospheric elements that weren’t possible until now. Buying or making new decorations is a great way to get in the mood for the holidays!
THE MAGIC OF SCENTS
Familiar scents immediately transport you to the past, because your mind associates old memories with them. Cloves remind you of your grandmother's gingerbread, oranges remind you of the treats in little red boots, the smell of pine reminds you of the Christmas tree in the living room.
If you meet these scents again in your new home, you will feel much more homely and intimate!
Do you have an artificial Christmas tree, but you don't want to give up the pine scent? You can achieve the "real" Christmas scent with a few fresh pine branches, which can be used as a great decoration in different parts of the house. You can arrange them in a vase or make an Advent wreath out of them, but these evergreens also look great placed on the ledges. If you also collect cones, it will be even more atmospheric and the characteristic smell of the cones can evoke further childhood memories.
Do you miss the smell of fresh cookies from the kitchen? Even if you can't bake it, you don't have to give up the smell of Christmas cookies! Akár illóolajok, potpourrik vagy illatgyertyák segítségét is igénybe veheted. You can even use essential oils, potpourri or scented candles. In addition to the classic clove, cinnamon, and orange scents, marzipan, vanilla, walnut, roasted chestnuts, and even rum cookie scents are a great choice. Nowadays, you can also find amazing fragrance compositions that reproduce the aroma of specific sweets.
THIS IS HOW THE LIGHT OF YOUR HOME SHOULD BE FESTIVE
If the decorations and scents have already got you in the mood for the celebration, then all you need is some mood lighting. It is no coincidence that so much emphasis is placed on lighting in movies and theaters. Because the play of lights can be used to establish people's mood and well-being. So feel free to use this trick in your new home!
If you are a fan of traditional candlelight, first of all make sure that there are no dry ornaments or flammable fabrics nearby. You can get amazing candle holders. From the pieces that shape cute Christmas figures to the classic holders to the very modern, clean pieces that you can use at any time of the year. You can play with the color and scent of the candles, but their placement is also important. If you place them near the window, they also provide a pleasant effect from the garden. If you place them in front of mirrors, you can double their brightness. But cleverly placed in the room, when you turn off the lights, they can also provide great lighting for an evening movie.
If you choose more modern LED lighting, then you don't have to worry about flammability. But clever placement, for example in front of the mirror, can be a big help in this case as well. You can frame the window, run along the shelves behind the decorations, wrap around the pillars on the terrace, or even the trunk of a tree in the garden. It is also suitable for placing on the Christmas tree, as it isn't a fire hazard at all, and moreover, they are more economical than the old type of Christmas lights. It is available in several colors, with a colder or warmer light, or you can also buy a color-changing one. If you don't want a plain LED strip, you can also buy it together with decorative elements. And if you feel like crafting, you can also make unique ornaments. For example, you can "fill" light bulbs in bottles, so you can create decorative lamps with a unique atmosphere.