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The Village Holiday Tree Lighting

The Village at Mammoth and the town of Mammoth Lakes are kicking off the holiday season with the Village at Mammoth Holiday Tree Lighting. November 26th at The Village Plaza join Wooly and Santa for photos, activities for the whole family and live music!

Visit the official event website for additional information and get ready to take a festive jump into this holiday season!

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
[email protected]
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

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Countdown to Thanksgiving – 10 Tips to Hosting Turkey Day for the First Time

If you have recently purchased a home for the first time, you may have decided you are ready to host your first formal gathering. Maybe you have had friends over for a backyard BBQ or impromptu drinks on the weekend but hosting a major holiday requires a little more planning and can be rather involved depending on how many people will be coming. If you have decided to take the plunge and host your first Thanksgiving soiree, here’s where to start to make sure you are ready for the big day.

  1. Plan your guest list and extend invitations. You will want an accurate headcount for food and so you can prepare seating and make sure you have enough plates, glasses and flatware. It is a good idea to extend the invitation as early as possible if you want everyone to come. Some people may have committed to go somewhere else if you wait to long to invite them so the earlier the better.
  2. Make a list of what you plan to serve and start a shopping list of what you will need to purchase.
  3. If you will need to borrow or rent any items, go ahead and make arrangements to do so. This doesn’t have to be anything elaborate but if you have 20 guests coming for dinner, you may not have enough china to serve them all so make sure you know this in advance. There are a wide assortment of high quality disposable goods available now so you may decide to purchase disposable plates and other items instead of using real china.
  4. Ask for help. If multiple families will be joining you, ask them to help with meal preparation. Hosting doesn’t mean you have to do it all. Providing the location will require a lot of work on your part so lighten your load some if you can.
  5. If you plan to order any part of the meal such as dessert or another item, go ahead and place the order.
  6. Make a list of everything that needs to be done before Thanksgiving. This should include meal preparations, cleaning, rearranging furniture if needed, picking up anything you need to, buying the groceries and confirming attendance.
  7. Make sure you decide if you will cook a fresh or frozen turkey. Frozen turkeys can take a long time to thaw depending on how big they are so you will need to purchase it far enough in advance to thaw it if you will be purchasing a frozen turkey.
  8. Make a trip to the grocery store. A list is essential to get everything you need. Do not wait until the day before Thanksgiving to go to the grocery store. The grocery store will be very busy on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and there will be items that are sold out (including the fresh turkey you were counting on). Plan in advance. Shop the weekend before the holiday or Monday at the latest to guarantee good selection and lower crowds.
  9. Clean the house the weekend before the holiday. You will likely want to start preparing the meal by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest so do the things that can be done in advance early.
  10. Plan an accurate timeline of when each item will be cooked. Even if you have double ovens, getting all of the items in and out of the oven at the right time will take some planning. Plan accordingly so you aren’t overwhelmed when you have three things that need to go in the oven at the same time.

Thanksgiving can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Good planning can make everything run smoothly if you put the time into it. Remember, this doesn’t have to be a lavish affair so don’t overestimate what you can accomplish. Focus on the reason for the holiday and try not to stress yourself out so that you don’t get to enjoy the day. For additional information on preparing for the holidays, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
[email protected]
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Brokers License #01264041

Image courtesy of SJ Baren/Unsplash.com

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Mono Arts Council (MAC) Holiday Arts Marketplace

Mono Arts Council Holiday Arts MarketplaceLooking for last minute gift ideas, then be sure to check out the Mono Arts Council (MAC) Holiday Arts Marketplace. December 20th through December 31st browse one-of-a-kind creations from local and regional artists such as Vern Clevenger, Cathy Enright, Crowley Candle Co. & Bath Bar, and Todd Unangst. The market will be open daily from 11 AM to 6 PM.

Visit the official event website for additional information. Don’t miss your chance to find that special holiday gift for someone you love or even yourself!

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
800 421-7005 office
866 278-7765 efax
[email protected]
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

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Holiday Decorating While Your Home is for Sale

Holiday Decorating While Your Home is for SaleIf you are one of the few brave individuals that is trying to sell your home during the holiday season, it can be challenging to find a balance between your holiday decorations and a beautifully staged home that buyers will love. Don’t take this as a deterrent from selling your home this time of year. It really can be a great time for your home to get more attention when there are frequently fewer homes on the market and the buyers that are looking are often more serious. With a little sacrifice on your side (depending on your usual decorating style), you can still have a festive home for the holidays while trying to sell your home. Where should you start?

If your holiday style swings more in the direction of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation than Martha Stewart, you will need to make some adjustments but you don’t have to skip decorating all together. Throughout the process, take a minimalist approach that will allow the natural beauty of your home to show through and not be hidden behind a dozen trinkets in every room. One or two pieces of stylish and simple décor per room should be the goal.

What should you do about your Christmas tree? You normally select the largest one that will fit in your house and it partially blocks the fireplace, so the lights twinkle just right in your picture window for all the neighbors to see. This year, downsize your tree so your cozy fireplace can be seen (and have a lot fewer pine needles to vacuum up come January.)

If you usually go all out in the yard with multiple light displays and cords running in every direction, pick one or two items and place them in areas that won’t become hazards for buyers walking through the yard. If a buyer is really considering your home, they will likely want to walk through the yard as well and tripping over Santa on their way to the storage shed won’t leave them ready to make an offer. If decorations are outside, consider placing them in a flower bed or another area that isn’t likely to see any traffic.

Don’t feel like you must completely neglect the outside. An evergreen wreath with a bright bow or holly berries on the front door can improve curb appeal during an often drab season when most things outside are brown. Consider adding a large poinsettia to your dining room table. The color will be beautiful and festive.

For many home buyers, seeing your tree can evoke an emotional response that may be to your benefit. Use that emotion to your advantage to get them off the fence and writing an offer. The right decorating can do just that. Ultimately, let your focus be to make your home inviting and the right decorations can accomplish that no matter the season. Then, next year when you are in your new home, you can pull out all of the decorations and leave no spot unglittered. For additional information regarding prepping and selling your home for the holidays, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
800 421-7005 office
866 278-7765 efax
[email protected]
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

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