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7 festive tips for the first Christmas in your new home

Have you moved into your new home just in time for Christmas? While you may not have had the chance to unpack in each room yet, this doesn’t mean you have to forgo your favourite festive decorations. Here are a few last-minute ideas that can instantly inspire yuletide joy for a memorable first Christmas in your new home. 

Sintra - 7 festive tips for the first Christmas in your new home

Hang a front door wreath

Set the tone for your interior by hanging a classic Christmas wreath on your front door. Opt for a traditional style crafted from natural materials like grapevine, holly or pine branches for a classic fragrance. Look for a design with hints of red to accentuate the greenery, whether this comes in the form of a velvet bow or vibrant clusters of berries.

Dine by candlelight

Any meal feels special when you dine by candlelight. Candles have a particular association with Christmas too, evoking a cosy atmosphere. Arrange white, silver and gold designs on your dining table or on the mantel above your fireplace. If you opt for scented versions, keep them in living areas rather than the dining room.  

Bring in the botanicals

Lush greens are ideal for easy-to-make Christmas decorations, including artfully arranged pine branches and wreaths of fresh rosemary or sage. You can bring in additional botanical elements like simple arrangements of scattered pine cones or poinsettia flowers.

Go for gold

Red and green are popular Christmas colours, though it's gold that brings a sophisticated touch to your holiday home. Purchase a few golden baubles and display them in a bowl for a simple, eye-catching decoration. If you have the time, browse a local antique store or flea market to pick up gold vintage cutlery, serving bowls or candlesticks, which add classic charm to the yuletide table.

Indulge your sweet side

Candy canes, gingerbread houses and marzipan are all part of Christmas at home. Indulge your sweet side or entertain guests with pretty platters of fresh fruit and frosted cookies. Place a basket of traditional Christmas sweets by the front door, or try easy-to-make Christmas decorations by tying treats to small wreaths with ribbon.

Light it up

There’s perhaps nothing that makes a room feel more festive than simple strings of twinkly white lights. Whether you wind them around a Christmas tree or drape them from the mantel, they’ll illuminate your home with a cheerful ambience.

Enjoy a rustic meal

You may not have the time or the cookware to make a multi-course Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, but you can still enjoy a celebratory meal with your family with these recipes. For a main dish, try a simple yet elegant bay-leaf encrusted pork roast or basic beef tenderloin, with sautéed greens and a potato gratin. If your kitchen’s not ready for entertaining just yet, focus your efforts on decorating the table and order in from your favourite restaurant instead for your Christmas party.

Use these tips and our secret recipe for the perfect Christmas atmosphere to infuse your home with holiday spirit. Even if you only have time to use a few of these ideas, you’re sure to create lasting memories of your first Christmas at home.

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