There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays

 
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This is a sponsored post written in partnership with MSHDA. All opinions are my own.

Now that the holidays are inching closer and closer, I’ve been doing everything I can to prep for this festive season. I’ve been wrapping presents like crazy (my wrapping paper, scissors, tape and gift labels never leave my side during the month of December), tying up end-of-year tasks at my day job and decorating my house so it reflects a little Christmas cheer.

I love this time of year. It’s such a special time and for me, the magic of the holidays hasn’t been lost. I know a lot of people that are indifferent about all the festivities that occur during December, but it’s always been a season that I look forward to.

This will be the first time since my husband and I have been married that we’ll be home for the holidays. Our first two Christmases as Mr. and Mrs. were spent down at his parents’ house in Florida. I’m so excited to be back in Michigan this Christmas, and for my husband and I to spend the holidays with my side of the family. It will be fun to carry out family traditions and open gifts with each other.  

I moved around a lot growing up, and since my family and I never stayed in one place for a significant amount of time, I never grew to be attached to the actual houses that I lived in. Instead, I learned that there are several things that make a house a home, rather than the actual physical structure or building that a person or family lives in.

As many of you know from reading through my posts on affordable housing, homeownership and homelessness, I’ve partnered with MSHDA. During this holiday season, I’ve partnered with them again because I thought it would be nice to share what being “home for the holidays” means to me. Read all my thoughts below and leave me a comment at the end of this blog post if any of them resonate with you or if you find yourself nodding your head in agreement.

To me, being “home for the holidays” means…

  • Spending quality time with family and friends

  • Slowing down from the daily hustle and bustle

  • Creating new traditions and continuing to carry out existing ones

  • Disconnecting a bit and watching life unfold in front of you rather than on a screen

  • Taking the time to reflect on the past year

  • Watching loved ones open gifts that you hand-picked just for them

  • Opening holiday cards and hearing from long-distance family and friends

When I think of what makes a house a home, especially during this time of year, it’s not the physical objects or material things that matter. It’s the love that is shared between family. It’s the memories that are held within four walls. It’s the feeling of being in a safe environment where you can be your true self.

Being “home” is my favorite place to be. I couldn’t imagine spending this year’s holidays anywhere else. I’m lucky to have a home that is filled with lots of love. I know that I’ve touched on the fact that I’m lucky to have a roof over my head in previous blog posts. I recognize that this isn’t the case for everyone. Some people don’t have a place to call “home” and others are still searching for their perfect place to call “home.”

If you live in Michigan and are looking for a home of your own, I want to make sure you know that MSHDA not only offers loans of up to $7,500 to help with a down payment on a house, (Michigan Down Payment) they also offer a unique set of mortgage products and are an affordable partner for many types of loans. Wouldn’t it be an amazing present to find a place to call your own this holiday season?

The nice thing about being a Michigan resident is that you don’t have to go about this process alone. MSHDA forges partnerships at all levels, big and small, to provide homes and preserve places for the people of Michigan. Check out the resources that are available to you through MSHDA!

If you have a home to spend the holidays in this year, I hope that you cherish this time with loved ones. Just as I have done in this blog post, maybe you could consider taking a little extra time to think about what being “home for the holidays” means to you or what makes a house a home.

What are your holidays plans this year? Will you be spending them at home? What does being home for the holidays mean to you? In your opinion, what makes a house a home? I’d love for you to share, so leave me a comment below!