special: A beautiful Christmas home
your home prepared for Christmas? A few decorations really make a difference.
Our guest writer, Anne Briggon, gives you some shopping advice.
Being a house wife by heart,
it was a dream come through when I was allowed to go through all the Christmas
decoration items that Simmerville community has gathered over the years,
in order to recommend a few.
this community the items have been packed in a so called folder, and the
Christmas folder has been added to the regional catalogue only for the
season. It's now the 3rd year that simmervillians experience the joy of
picking from this huge assortment.
Those who know me shouldn't
be surprised that Christmas is one of my favourite seasons, mainly because
it includes loads of cleaning and decorating, and I simply love both! Lock
me into a filthy bathroom and it will take me days to even recognize that
I'm locked in! Well, I was not supposed to tell you about my cleaning routine,
The minimal Christmas
I'm not a huge fan of minimalism,
but some sims are. If you are that kind of sim, you might not fill your
home up with seasonal decor, or you might want a very few, but essential
Christmas items in your home. A tree is a must, but you might like a different
tree, a small one that can be put on a table, or even a wall decoration
lamp imitating a tree.
I think the best choice is
to have both! Why go by any restrictions? You can be a minimalist the rest
of the year!
The only limit I can think
of is your budget. Most houses will get a fair Christmas feel from a §1000
budget. If you are wealthy you might want to spend a lot more. If you are
on a tight budget, remember that many seasonal items do fall in value very
quickly. A three might be worth nothing after a couple days. Most of what
you spend on decorations will not be refunded when you remove the stuff.
Keep that in mind.
I would recommend a 3 step
shopping and decoration strategy. Firstly, you should decide whether you
like to repaint or add new wall paper for the season. This will surely
add a lot, perhaps too much to some. The good thing is that you can find
a seasonal wall paper that match your existing wall, and then putting Christmas
walls on parts of the room only. Mix and match!
A good thing about Christmas
wall papers is that you will need fewer other decorations, something that
might be good to your budget or if you have a small home (like I do). Whatever
you do, you should avoid seasonal walls in all rooms, because you will
need a break occasionally.
The indoor decorations
2nd step would be to find
regular decorations and to decide how much you want. If you are like me,
you will put some cosy decoration on every available surface. A rug in
each room! Others might like just a few items. Others might add just a
couple items to show they know what time of year it is.
Both ways are fine, but there
are some things you should not exclude; the Christmas tree, some Christmas
lights, and the Christmas Calendar if you have children. Other elementary
items might be a fire place, the mistletoe and seasonal food.
Remember to add decorations
to other rooms than just the living room! How about a small Christmas greeting
in each bedroom? A picture above the beds, a rug or a lamp? Most sims find
it extremely cosy to wake up to Christmas decorations, I think.
The outdoors decorations
family home is not completely decorated until you place some Christmas
lamps or decorations at the front door or along the path. There are outdoor
arrangements, snowmen, Santa clause statues, scrubs and trees with lamps
on. The only restriction is how big is your pathway.
Remember that decorating
your front yard also means decorating the neighbourhood! Bypassing neighbours
will see it, you will even contribute to the bus driver's Christmas mood!
Everyone deserves some Christmas, and you can contribute! It is actually
your contribution to world peace!