As a feeling of festivity descends on our community in the weeks and months before the winter holidays, don’t get too cozy just yet. There’s work to be done if you want to be properly prepared for the cold season and as always, advance preparation is key. Winterizing includes a host of activities – some fun, some geared at safety – but all of them necessary if you’re going to make it comfortably to the Spring. Here are our top tips.
- Book those Santa photos early! Preparation is crucial to avoid long lines that result in cranky, scowling kids on your annual Christmas pics. Check mall websites to find out when Santa will be visiting and secure a date and time early to make this event fun, happy and memorable for all the right reasons!
- Winterize your car for the cold season early so you’re ready for the snow. Four matched winter tires with tread no less than 3.5 mm are ideal and new winter wiper blades will remove snow and ice buildup from your windshield more easily and effectively than your old ones.
- List-making is key if you’re to survive the holiday shopping expeditions. Know exactly who you’re shopping for, budget for each gift and start early so you’re not wading through the mall at the eleventh hour. If you can’t bear the thought of shopping on foot, do it online. Here again, timeliness is key as deliveries in holiday months are more likely to experience delays.
- Get that flu shot! Yep, it’s the task you keep delaying because no-one enjoys a jab in the arm with a sharp needle. But the flu shot could be your answer to a flu-free winter, which is an exceptional alternative to the prospect of a runny nose and a cold-heavy head.
- Check your fire and carbon monoxide detectors! If they’re more than five years old, consider replacing them because a faulty detector is both silent and deadly.
- Gutter talk: Full gutters means an accumulation of unwanted water in the rainy season, which can damage your roof, siding and wood trim as well as causing leaks. This is the time, before the storms arrive, to make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and waste.
- Door Décor: a wreath on the door makes a bold statement about the mood just beyond your doorstep. Head to Michael’s to pick up a few basic crafting supplies and make this a fun DIY project with your family. Choose pine branches to add scent and consider drying the last of your Fall flowers to use as décor. Pinterest is full of great wreath ideas and with a base, some ribbon and a little creativity you can easily build a wreath that’s decorative, fragrant and cheerful.