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How your garage can save Christmas Day!

Christmas Day is finally here. The tree is up, presents are wrapped and the carols are playing. After a tough and challenging couple of years, many Kiwis are looking forward to finally being able to get the family together for the holidays.

If you’ve experienced lockdown restrictions, you may be a bit out of ‘social’ practice. Perhaps you’ve forgotten how to spend the day with (tolerate) the in-laws, or how to manage all the kids running around.

Well, Chamberlain is here to save the day.

You may not have realised it, but your garage is a solution to help you keep your sanity on Christmas Day. The garage can be a saviour when it comes to spreading out all your guests and catching your breath! It’s open, easy to clean, and can be transformed into any spillover space you need for your celebrations.

Here are three different ways that you can transform your garage this Christmas for the whole family to enjoy and relish in all the festivities!

For the kids

Christmas is no doubt the most exciting day of the year for kids! Santa and his reindeer have delivered presents, and the little ones can’t wait to play with their new toys.

To keep all of the excitement, stray Barbie clothes and LEGO bricks in one place, a kids space in the garage is a gamechanger.

Before the fun can begin, it’s important to make sure the garage is safe for the little one’s to enjoy. Give the floor a sweep, safely store chemicals and sharp objects, and tidy stacked items so they can’t be knocked over.

Chamberlain’s myQ technology is also a worthwhile investment. The myQ Connectivity Kit comes complete with Obstruction Detection Beams, designed to reverse in two seconds if they sense anything in the path of the garage door. If the door is opened or closed for any reason while the kids are playing, the system is designed to protect them.

Laying a soft rug on the floor with some pillows will make the space more comfortable and inviting for the little ones.

Now that the garage is safe, the Christmas fun can begin! The kids can make the most of an open, mess-free zone to set up their race tracks and build their doll houses! With the added excitement of the festivities, be sure that an adult is keeping a watchful eye on the kids.

For an extra festive touch, you may wish to hang some green and red paper streamers along the walls or down from the ceiling.

For the adults

It’s always a great idea to have an exclusive zone for the adults on Christmas Day. Whether you’d like a quiet space to catch up or to beat the summer heat for a while, the garage is an ideal spillover area for the grownups.

Why not create a simple, at-home bar set up for the day? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Table
  • Chairs
  • One or more eskies
  • Ice
  • Cups
  • Garnishes (if you’re making cocktails)
  • Cocktail shaker and pourer
  • Drinks
  • Rubbish and recycling bin

To serve up the holiday spirit, consider decorating your at-home bar with Christmas colours or sparkling accessories like a string of lights (suitable for outdoor use!).

Christmas cocktail napkins or candy canes to stir drinks are easy ways to add a joyful touch without breaking the bank. For a final touch, hang a wreath on the front of your bar table!

For the whole family

As joyous and exciting as it is, Christmas can feel like a marathon of a day. Having some games set up to keep the family and guests occupied can be a saviour.

Whether it’s backyard cricket, Secret Santa, or a game of Bocce, the garage is the perfect space for some friendly competition and a way to work off that Christmas lunch.

To prep your garage for some fun family-friendly games, clear away any items in your garage that may fall or are hazardous, and give the floor a good sweep. You may wish to hang some Christmas lights for a festive ambience!

It’s always a great idea to have some snacks and drinks handy for everyone to enjoy. Consider setting a table up nearby with some nibbles, like chips, pavlova bites, and cordial.

For maximum space, open up the garage so the games can spill into the driveway or onto the lawn. Thanks to our smart myQ technology, you can open the garage door and turn on the myQ light via your smartphone app.

If you’re after a spillover space for the kids, adults, or everyone to enjoy, your garage is the ideal space for everyone to spread out and enjoy the day!

From all of us at Chamberlain, have a safe, happy, and Merry Christmas!

For more information about Chamberlain’s range of garage door openers and accessories, visit our website or call 0800 653 667.

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