Make a festive, go-to playlist: Setting the mood with music is often the last thing we think about before our guests arrive. Putting together a playlist beforehand will get you in the holiday spirit and discourage your weird cousin from rocking out to “Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer.” If you’re not much of a DJ, search for a playlist that suits your taste using Songza, Spotify or 8Tracks.
Turn the lights down low: Replace light switches with dimmers to create a sense of warmth and intimacy in your home. Stock up on holiday candles in scents like balsam, peppermint, cinnamon or even sugar cookie (yes, it’s a thing). Flameless LED candles have come a long way over the past few years and are a great alternative for families with young children.