When it comes to Christmas, there is no such thing as too much preparation. In fact, being overly prepared is an absolute must, the festive season tests the organizational capabilities of mothers nationwide. This is no time for luxuriating in a cup of coffee while flicking through magazines, idly dreaming of gifts for various family members (and, if you’re honest, yourself).
There is a build up to Christmas for a reason: there is just so much to get done. That’s if you want everything to go to plan, of course, and eventuate in a family Christmas to remember (for the right reasons, not because the turkey burned to a crisp / the dog ate the presents / only half-dead trees were left at the farm). However, what is often overlooked is the house itself. Apart from seasonal decoration, you need to make sure your home is ready for Christmas in more practical ways, as well.
Working from the outside in, the reality is that not too many visitors or family members are going to want to be outdoors at this time of year. Even if you safely adorn the house in lights, or trim the garden trees, the novelty of that illuminated sight will wear off and food and warmth be sought inside instead. Therefore, acquire affordable covers for any outside furniture and other patio-placed goods that can’t be brought in and might be prone to rust.
Also, make sure that there isn’t any water left in hoses or pipes for ice to form, causing holes or worse. Further, for those who still have open fireplaces, the wood which was either chopped with your own hands or locally sourced won’t fend for itself: construct an overhanging shelter or invest in a good piece of tarpaulin to keep out damp and ensure it burns well (make sure to secure the tarpaulin with rope or weight it down, as well). Smoking, damp wood is never fun, especially at Christmas.
Warmth and Coziness
If your house doesn’t have a chimney or flue, however, an efficient heating system is essential. If yours needs updating, do it now and not when you have dozens of complaining extended family members shivering under blankets. Install a combined system from moncriefair.com and consider the possibilities of investing in a thermostat-enabled system prepared for next summer’s heat, too.
Remember too, that there is nothing worse than a draft, especially at Christmas. Not only does it annoy, you’re actually letting your hard-earned money escape out of those gaps, quickly adding up to a larger heating bill. Foam fillers and caulk for windows and doors are perfect for getting this job done in good time before the holiday season’s festivities are in full swing.
Lastly, don’t forget to remind guests (as well as the children) to remove any wet, muddied, or even slushy boots outside. Not everyone has a mudroom, but common sense and proper etiquette must prevail when it comes to keeping a home clean and dry, and dirty shoes indoors are never permissible, even during the holidays.