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Make your first Christmas in your new home all the more magical with some guaranteed memory-makers
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The Liberty Guide

New Home, New Christmas Traditions

Make your first Christmas in your new home all the more magical with some guaranteed memory-makers
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By: Shannon Peter

New Home, New Christmas Traditions
The Liberty Guide

New Home, New Christmas Traditions

Make your first Christmas in your new home all the more magical with some guaranteed memory-makers

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By: Shannon Peter

Tightly bound to so many traditions, ceremonies and memories, Christmas – for those who celebrate it – is ridiculously special at the best of times. But it's the first Christmas in a new home that comes with the greatest expectations. Sure, you’ll want to continue some of the time-honoured traditions of previous years, but now’s the chance to rewrite your own festive rulebook and start brand new Christmas rituals of your own. So, congratulations on the new place, here, please have a few ideas to get you started.

Host a bauble swap

If you can’t go hard on the table decorations on Christmas day, then really, when can you? You could, of course, invest in festive-inspired tableware that will forever remind you of this first Christmas in your new home each and every subsequent year, but then again, there’s no written rule that your Christmas table needs to be a flurry of red and green. Why not go full safari with zebra napkin rings and rhino table mats? Or fashion a meadow of winter florals with Anna + Nina’s ceramic candle holders and Astier de Villatte's ivy-adorned vase?

Theme your tablescape

If you can’t go hard on the table decorations on Christmas day, then really, when can you? You could, of course, invest in festive-inspired tableware that will forever remind you of this first Christmas in your new home each and every subsequent year, but then again, there’s no written rule that your Christmas table needs to be a flurry of red and green. Why not go full safari with zebra napkin rings and rhino table mats? Or fashion a meadow of winter florals with Anna + Nina’s ceramic candle holders and Astier de Villatte's ivy-adorned vase?

Light a festive candle

With a neurological shortcut to the parts of our brains associated with emotion and memory, it’s little surprise the scents of Christmas are just as iconic as its imagery. Why not bank in on this innate connection by scenting your home with a candle specifically selected for the season? Whether you pick a fragrance that captures the roar of the fireplace, the sweet and spicy aroma of warm mince pies or even the smell of your favourite festive tipple, repeat buy the same scent every year and with every sniff, you’ll be transported back to this first Christmas in your new home.

Craft your own gifts

Raise the Secret Santa stakes by adding a DIY clause to the instructions, that insist you make – rather than simply buy – your offering. But do note, just because a gift is homemade, you aren’t resigned to a rustic aesthetic; pro results are possible when you have the right kit to hand. Try stitching a tapestry cushion for your fellow first time buyers, knitting a hat for that hard-to-buy-for work friend, crafting a shirt for your style-conscious sister or crocheting a cuddly toy for the smallest member of the family.

Eco-ify your gift wrapping

Thinking more sustainably is the adult version of the nice list. Start as you mean to go on this Christmas by switching to Wrapuccino’s genius fabric gift wraps. Inspired by the Japanese art of furoshiki, each Liberty design is printed on natural cotton and requires no fiddly sellotape to seal. Better still, you’ll be able to use them over and over again in the years to come.

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