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Have Yourself a Merry ‘Little’ Christmas

Christmas morning is one week from today. For many of us Christmas morning as kids was so magical. Waking up perhaps to all the toys left by Santa. The smells of amazing food to be eaten soon.

Lately the song “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” has been playing over and over in my head yet I don’t know much more of the lyrics then the opening line. So I looked them up….

 

“Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on your troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yuletide gay
From now on your troubles will be miles away

Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more

Through the years we all will be together
If the fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest place

So have yourself a merry little Christmas

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
So have yourself a merry little Christmas.”

 

Such a relaxing and feel good song, yet do our troubles every really go away? Sometimes the fates are that we aren’t able to gather together anymore. Yet in the turmoil and/or grief I believe we can find some calm and maybe that is what the song was getting at.

What I love is the word ‘little’. Christmas isn’t the big hupla for me that it used to be. I don’t spend three days decorating with twenty-seven bins of decorations. My decorations are now simple yet meaningful.

 

 

I still appreciate people who do go all out at Christmas but it seems each year my decorations get smaller and smaller in amount and I just soak up the season with relaxation. For me that means reading, knitting and Hallmark movies. 🙂

My husband and I don’t have kids, both of us have lost our parents, nieces and nephews are grown and have their own lives. Christmas now is enjoying each other, volunteering for those less fortunate, spending quiet dinners with close friends, church and lots of music.

It is so much more relaxed and I am okay with that. I cherish the ‘olden days’ of hectic shopping,  hours of baking, early mornings ripping into gifts and late nights of ‘waiting’ for Santa.

But, I am liking the word ‘LITTLE’. It is a calming word to me and one that makes me smile. So my wish for you this Christmas season is that wherever you are in your Christmas season journey of life, that you can enjoy the moments and breath in all your experiences.

Have a very Merry ‘Little’ and Blessed Christmas.

 

 

 

 

Fall Decor When Selling Your Home

I ran into this situation this week while doing a Home Staging Consultation. The home owner had filled every room with Fall decor. Table tops, baskets of pumpkins on the floor, little scarecrows hanging here and there, towels with leaves hanging in the bath. 

There is a right and wrong way to enjoy the seasons while selling your home.

Wrong Way:

Having Your Seasonal Decor Overwhelm The Features of Your Home:

This can happen even without seasonal decor, it’s called clutter. You don’t want buyers looking at your ‘things’ as they are not buying your things. You want them looking at the architectural features of the home. The high ceilings, the built-ins, the fireplace and so forth. An abundance of things takes away from the house.

This goes for all areas of your home…..the yard included. Halloween may be a fun day for you but creating a scary or creepy setting isn’t the way to go when selling your home. Those decorations need to stay packed away until you are in your new home.

 

 

The other reason this is the ‘wrong’ way is that your home is photographed for MLS. If your home remains on the market longer than you hope, those images are an instant advertisement when a potential buyer opens your listing that your house has been on the market way too long.

 

Right Way:

Small Display of Pumpkins and Gourds:

This can be inside or out. Fun, festive, simple and easy. 

These small vignettes are a great way to enjoy the season without going overboard. One or two pieces outside and the same goes for the inside. Less is more is a very true statement. The nice thing about this type of seasonal decorating is it works all the way through Thanksgiving.

 

No matter the season or time of year, there is a right and wrong way to enjoy your home when it is on the market without overwhelming the buyer.

 

Can I Decorate My Home for Christmas When It’s for Sale?

As a Home Stager I get that question a lot. There is a very short answer….Absolutely!

Christmas is a widely celebrated holiday that most people understand. If it is your tradition I don’t feel that you need to put that aside just for selling your home. The potential buyer will most likely also celebrate and decorate for Christmas and may appreciate seeing the perfect place for the tree and the warmth of the holiday in their future home.

There are a few caveats, however to decorating your home for Christmas while it is for sale. That caveat being, how into Christmas are you?

If you are a person that loves Christmas and it comes out in your home decorations to the tune that you have 53 bins of Christmas decorations then you may need to tone it down and only use 3-4 of those bins. 🙂

 

 

 

The goal is for the architectural features of your home to still be seen through the Christmas decor. If the decorations are so thick and overwhelming, the buyer will not be able to visual what the house looks like without all the extra items.

It may also make the rooms appear smaller and darker.

 

     Putting up a Christmas tree is totally acceptable but be a little more conscience of where you place it. Perhaps the traditional spot isn’t the best place when you have people coming through. You may need to put it in a different room or in the lower level. Keep the traffic flow areas open, don’t cover up a beautiful view and don’t get a tree that is so large it takes up most of a room.

One other suggestion I have is to decorate with as little red and green as possible. I know those are the traditional Christmas colors but the more you can use gold, silver, and white will keep the space more neutral and not clash with your regular color scheme.

 

 

 

I hope that gives you some guidance on how to still enjoy the Christmas season in  your home while having potential buyers taking a look.

Always get professional advice from a trained Home Stager when selling one of your largest assets.