It’s that time of year when we get swept away in the sights, the sounds, the flavors, the smells and the feel of the holidays, so with only a few more days left until one of the most celebrated days of the year, Christmas, let your senses guide the way for you and your loved ones. As you make last minute holidays plans or adjustments, know it’s not too late to capture the magic of the season at a StayLakeNorman vacation rental, and if you are traveling away from home this holiday, these five easy tips will bring the spirit and nostalgia of Christmas with you, whether you’re relaxing by the lake or exploring a new town.

1. Decorate

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree…

Nothing feels like Christmas more than decorating, so get creative as you spruce up your Christmas destination. A Christmas tree is the best place to start! At StayLakeNorman, the Christmas trees are up and ready to be enjoyed, but don’t stop there. You can also add your own personal touch by bringing along some of your favorite ornaments or picking up a string of lights and simple garland to deck the halls of your vacation rental!

Family at Christmas

2. Tastes of Home

Oh, bring us some figgy pudding…

StayLakeNorman wants you to be able to relax and enjoy your Lake Norman holiday time with family and friends and not spend lots of time in the kitchen cooking and cleaning up dirty dishes. We have a list of private chefs as well as locally, chef-prepared meals to take the work out of holiday meal prep and make the most of your time. Of course, all of our homes are well-equipped if you have special holiday recipes that you look forward to year after year. 

Bring a special ingredient, like Grandma’s favorite jar of vanilla, and make those favorite foods that help it feel like home. Remember, keep it simple by picking one or two favorites, so you can truly enjoy the tastes and comforts in your home away from home. If you do bring Grandma’s vanilla with you, here is one of our simple but favorite Christmas cookie recipes.

 

3. Explore local holiday attractions

Ding, dong, ding, dong, Christmas bells are ringing…

Holiday carols, the ooh’s and aah’s of Christmas light displays and laughs of joy (or cries of terror) when your little ones visit with the jolly, old man in the big, red suit are universal sounds of the seasons that we embrace each year.

Explore the many sounds of the seasons in Lake Norman local attractions around your waterfront vacation destination and create memories that will last for many Christmases to come. Downtown Mooresville, just minutes away from many StayLakeNorman homes, has their annual A Classic Christmas In Mooresville. With ice skating, a life-sized snow globe, local holiday cocktails and treats and Santa visits, this festive event has something for everyone in your group, even the Grinch!

Santa and Elf

4. Relax with your favorite holiday movie

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear…

Watching your favorite holiday movies is a great way to unwind after a long day. Have everyone wear their pajamas, pop popcorn, warm some hot chocolate and cozy up to a holiday classic. A Christmas movie (may we recommend one of our favorites, Elf) will help set the mood for your group to relax and be merry.

 

5. Traditions

All is calm, all is bright…

Christmas traditions connect us to our loved ones and our memories, so as you travel this holiday season think of one or two beloved traditions and bring them with you! Packing your stocking is a simple way to have a tradition from home with you this season. Try a gift exchange personalized to your destination town by visiting a local Christmas market and find souvenirs you wouldn’t at home. We welcome you to start a new Christmas tradition by staying in one of our luxury Lake Norman vacation homes year after year! 

If you are vacationing this holiday season remember these Yuletide tips that will help you and your loved ones cherish Christmases of the past and embrace the joyful differences made during your holiday vacation. With just ten days left until Christmas don’t wait to book with StayLakeNorman and create memories that will be the greatest gift of all!