There’s nothing quite like coming home for the holidays. It’s a time to reconnect with family and friends, reflect on the passing year and bask in the warmth and glow of the season. Whether your calendar is filled with sparkling fetes or more intimate gatherings, it’s always a treat to be surrounded by the sights, sounds and sumptuous smells of the holidays.

With that in mind, here are a few quick and easy tips and tricks to make your home holiday ready, so you can take the stress out of hosting and take time to enjoy the magic and merriment of the season with those who matter most.

Smells Like Home

Who doesn’t love the smell of mulled cider? The sweetness of apples melded with spicy cinnamon is the perfect blend to make your home smell just like the holidays feel – warm and inviting. Try out this simple recipe from The Revelry Co. to get your home smelling oh-so-sweet.

Tastes Like Home

When we think of the holidays, we instantly think of delicious goodies that seem to appear all month long. From homemade fudge to peppermint candies, we can’t keep our hands of these tempting treats. In our opinion, however, there’s one sugary delight that epitomizes the holiday season – cookies.

Here are a few classic recipes from Betty Crocker to get you started, or you can simply make your own family favorite. No matter which cookie you choose, filling your home with baked goods is a surefire way to make your guests feel welcome.

Looks Like Home

Decorating for the holidays can quickly become an overwhelming and daunting task, but it doesn’t have to put you over the edge. Most people don’t have the means or wherewithal to stage the picture-perfect holiday home, so rather than comparing your house to every Pinterest board you can find, focus on filling your home with decorations that are meaningful to you.

Did your grandmother knit you a special holiday stocking? Hang it up! Have you collected ornaments from different places and events in your life? Fill your tree! Do you love all things that sparkle? Get out your glitter glue! Choosing décor that is unique to you and your family will guarantee to put a smile on your face all season long.

Feels Like Home

The quickest way to cozy up your cottage is by lighting a fire. The snap, crackle and pop of the dancing flames will invite your guests to snuggle up and stay for a while.

Don’t have a fireplace? Not to worry. Light some candles, add some strands of white twinkle lights to your living room and put out a few fluffy throws to instantly add an extra element of comfort to your home.

Sounds Like Home

Finally, what says “home for the holidays” better than a house filled with your favorite holiday songs? Pull out those old classics and mix in a few new favorites for the finishing touch to creating a perfect holiday ambiance.

Looking for a new playlist to love? Try our Castle & Cooke Mortgage “Home for the Holidays” playlist on Spotify. It’s worth keeping on repeat.

Looking for a new place to call “home”? Contact one of our licensed loan officers to learn how Castle & Cooke Mortgage can help you today!

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