Christmas can also mean lots of preparation and stress. So that's why we're sharing our six favourite tips so you can enjoy stress-free, cosy holidays in your smart home.
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6 great smart ho ho home tips for a cosy Christmas!

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”. Every year, December kicks off a month full of Christmas movies, gifts, family visits, and most of all, a time to get all warm and cosy. It’s a time of the year that many people look forward to for a long time. That said, Christmas can also mean lots of preparation and stress. So that’s why we’re sharing our six favourite tips so you can enjoy stress-free, cosy holidays in your smart home.

1. Welcome in the Christmas spirit to your home

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The perfect way to bring the Christmas spirit into your home is, of course, by putting up a Christmas tree adorned with magical festive lights. But having to switch those lights on or off manually becomes one of those daily chores where you end up crawling around behind the tree on your hands and knees, looking for the switch. Now wouldn’t it be a whole lot easier if you had toggled outlets? These would allow you to remote control the Christmas lights.

Maybe you don’t have a switched socket, but you’re still keen to add an extra layer of Christmas cosiness to your home. That’s no problem – simply use dimmable lighting. Thanks to Smart Living, you can adjust the brightness of your lights depending on the time at which you switch them on. For example, if you come home in the dark after 5 p.m., your lights would already be 50% dimmed. This way you can save time and create a lovely atmosphere with the push of a button.

2. Watch Christmas movies in cinema mode

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In December, Netflix and all the TV channels are flooded with Christmas movies. And go on, admit it… Christmas just isn’t Christmas without watching Home Alone or The Grinch for the umpteenth time… or at least that’s what we think! So it’s time to bring that cinema feeling into the living room of your smart home! Lights off, mood lighting on, screens down… and all that with the touch of a button. Click here to find out just how easy it is to create your own movie scene.

3. Safely receive Christmas presents

The search for the perfect Christmas present doesn’t always go smoothly. And there is nothing more annoying than coming home and fishing a note out of the postbox telling you that you’ve missed the postman and you can pick up your package from the post office during office hours.

Fortunately, there is now a simple solution for your smart home: a parcel mailbox. This mailbox not only has room for letters, but packages as well. And because you’ll also receive a notification on your smartphone, you’ll be the first to know when your long-awaited Christmas present has arrived.

4. Give your guests a warm welcome

Now that your home has been transformed into a winter wonderland and your Christmas gifts have safely arrived, it’s time to warmly welcome your guests. A smart thermostat is the perfect solution! It means you can control the temperature anytime, anywhere and you can even heat each room in the house separately. You’ll be able to create the ideal comfortable temperature and save energy by only heating those rooms where you’ll be entertaining guests during Christmas.

5. Spending Christmas away from home? No problem!

Are you celebrating Christmas with friends or family? Or maybe you’re going on a sun holiday or ski trip during the winter period? What a great idea! But have you also thought about the safety of your home?

Smart Living gives you the opportunity to switch your (Christmas) lights on and off automatically when you’re away from home for a couple of days. This way it looks like someone is at home and you could deter possible burglars. Get going and take a look at your set-up  and then simply configure the attendance simulator for wintertime.

6. A good night’s sleep works wonders

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Finally, with the busy period ahead, it’s extremely important to rest well. The last thing you need to worry about when you’re in bed is whether you’ve switched off the Christmas lights and closed the blinds.

This is where Smart Living really comes into its own. All of these processes can be automated and for anything you forget to do, you can use your smartphone – all without leaving the bed. Now isn’t that a Christmas miracle?!

Would you like to know more about Smart Living options in your home or project? Then please get in touch with sales@openmotics.com for a no-obligation conversation.

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