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Tips for Your First Christmas in a New Home

  • 5 years ago

The idea of a Christmas-time house move might bring many people out in a cold sweat, but it doesn’t have to be a horror story at all. With a bit of forward-planning and a willingness to think outside of your usual (packing) box, your first Christmas in your new home can be as fun as it is memorable. Here’s six tips to help you have a happy holiday.

Book your movers ASAP

As there may be fewer people moving at Christmas, many removals companies are taking a well-deserved break. You shouldring around to find someone who doesn’t mind booking in a bit of extra business before they get too comfortable with the idea of watching Die Hard with a Bailey’s by their side.

Transport your presents and decorations in your own vehicle

If there’s a delay with the removals lorries due to bad weather, you might be left without your presents and baubles for a couple of days, so keep these essentials with you.

Familiarise yourself with your new oven

Every oven has its own personality. Fact. You don’t want to be messing up your turkey, beef or goose by taking a chance with an unfamiliar beast. If you can bake a few batches of biscuits, roast a chicken or two and fiddle with the hob so you know your new oven’s foibles, you can be more confident of a great dinner on the big day.

Do a recce of the local shops

If you’re moving to a new area entirely, then spend an afternoon wandering the local shops, including the little independents and corner shops, so that you know who’s selling wrapping paper and last-minute gifts, as you will run out…

Make sure you’re ready for guests

If you’re hosting a family member or two, then get the spare room ready for them, at least at a basic level. If it really does all feel too much, however, then check out a local hotel or B’n’B and book them in.

Be ready to let one or two things slide

There’s so much pressure on everyone to create the perfect Christmas, but you’ve just moved house! If you’re feeling overwhelmed, then have a side of smoked salmon instead of turkey, or buy in a ready-made Yuletide spread. You could even just forget the whole thing for once and head out for a lunch at a local gastropub or just put your feet up with a glass of wine and a soppy film.

Do whatever it takes to make life easier and, above all, enjoy the experience!

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