Many people travel at the holidays to be closer to their families, to escape the winter cold, as an excuse to get away, or the unlucky few have to travel for work during this period. Many choose property in London to enjoy the festive season break if it's just for a long weekend or several week stay. Those who are away from home need not spend the holidays without their traditional decorations, which bring a festive spirit to seasonal celebrations. Use thse ideas to decorate your holiday home-away-from-home this Christmas:
Pick up some lights: Flickering, blinking, all-weather and multi-coloured, Christmas lights are an easy way to brighten up your holiday home without hassle or high expense. If you're not going far, simply pack the lights you like, and if you're going abroad pick up a string at the local market and string them along handrails, fireplaces, mantels, window frames or trees and flick on the switch!
Buy local ornaments: Whether you're vacationing in London or Louisiana, you'll find festive season ornaments to hang from a small tabletop tree or decorations to place on the coffee table in your holiday accommodation. This could mean a snowglobe, candy bowl, set of spiced candles or porpourri. This is a great way to get to know local customs, which differe widely in terms of tradition and cuisine. Don't worry about not being able to hang decorations on rented walls; collect ivy or holly and drape them on picture frames and windows, or pick up a poinsettia to add color.
Hang your stockings: Keeping Christmas traditions in a holiday home may require creative problem solving, but it can be done. If there isn't a fireplace or mantle from which to hang stockings, hang them from the doorknob of the children's bedroom door. Collect napkins, tablecloths, flowers and candles in Christmas colours of red, green, orange, silver and gold, and keep your holiday cheer in your home-away-from home this season.
Christmas décor is as charming as it is personal to you.