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5 Fun and Festive Activities to Prepare Your Home for the Holidays

Spruce Up Your Home with These Fun Holiday Activities

Here at BeechTree, many of the region’s most popular holiday activities are just a short drive away in National Harbor, D.C. and Annapolis. They certainly offer excellent ways to get into the spirit of the season, but if you ask us, we’re firm believers that the most memorable holiday moments are made surrounded by friends and family in the comfort of your home.

You don’t have to leave home to get into the holiday spirit. Turn up the magical feeling of your home with these cheerful holiday ideas and get ready to enjoy the company of those you love.

Make Your Own Ornaments

Decorate Your Home's Front Door

Creating these small holiday decorations is a great way to add some flair to your holiday decor, and it’s the perfect way to get all ages involved for a fun, festive afternoon. Make it into an annual tradition with your kids and it becomes an incredible way to display their growth (and craft-making skills) over the years. Need some inspiration? Find ornament ideas here. 

Put Up a Holiday Light Display

Put Up a Holiday Light Display

The most popular way to show off your holiday spirit, creating a beautiful holiday display no longer has to take hours of effort or drain tons of energy. Modern LED holiday lights are, on average, 90% more efficient than the old incandescent string lights. But if you’d rather avoid pulling out a ladder and stringing rows of lights, there are still plenty of options.

Find your kid’s favorite Disney character as a holiday-themed inflatable, or use holiday light projectors to illustrate a grand display on the front of your home from a single source. Wrapping lights around any trees in your yard or placing them on bushes or foliage is a great way to light up your home without much effort, too.

Decorate Your Home’s Front Door

Decorate Your Home’s Front Door

If you’re planning on hosting anything at home this holiday season, remember that one of the first things guests will see up close is your front door. Spruce up the festive look of your home by doing some front door decorating and setting the scene before visitors even step inside. Some ideas include wrapping your front door like a present or crafting your own door wreath.

Get Creative with Your Gingerbread Houses

Get Creative With Your Gingerbread Houses

Making a gingerbread house is another classic holiday activity that’s great for all ages, and they make a beautiful decorative addition to your home once finished. Keep it a simple cottage or go all out with a complete gingerbread farm, it’s all up to you. Find inspiration here.

Host a Cookie Swap

Host a Cookie Swap

A cookie swap is an easy and fun way to celebrate the season with friends and neighbors at your home for a tasty afternoon. It makes an excellent preparatory event the week before the family arrives. Invite guests to bring their favorite festive cookies, baked treats and holiday recipes to share. After indulging, split up the remaining treats between you and your guests so that everyone can share the love with their own families.