Tips for your holiday season



The holidays are a very busy time of year for everyone.  We at Dave Sells wanted to give you a few friendly reminders of things that can easily slip your mind while tossing back a few too many eggnog’s this season.

  • Don’t neglect those pipes! With the temperatures dropping, you don’t want frozen or burst pipes to ruin your festivities. Keep the water flowing through your pipes by frequently using or running taps. Ensuring there isn’t any stagnant water solidifying in the pipes is key. Outside lines should also be turned off and/or insulated.
  • Inspect those holiday light strings for frays or cracks in the bulb holders. Keep all cords away and out of reach from your pets and children. You don’t need a National Lampoon Christmas fire!
  • When running long sets of lights make sure to not plug multiple extension cords together. Insert another Griswold Christmas joke here. Better to get a longer cord!
  • Installing lights on your roof? This should be a two-man job! Choose a suitable ladder and have someone spot/hold it while installing the lights. Even falling from one story can cause serious injury. Stay safe and plan-out your decorations!
  • All the holiday baking and cooking will have your stove and oven working overtime. Test out your smoke alarm batteries and well as your CO2 detector.
  • Hiding all the gifts can be a task all its own, but don’t be tempted to store flammable materials too close to your furnace. All the wrapping and tissue papers do not mix with your gas furnace.

The Dave Sells family wants you to have a safe and happy holiday!

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PS. Here is a little twist on the traditional shortbread recipe if you are looking for something quick and easy to whip up for your visit with the in-laws.


How To Make Perfect Whipped Shortbread

Prep Time

7 mins

Cook Time

35 mins

Total Time

42 mins


  • 1 cup of salted butter
  • 1/2 cup of icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour


  1. Whip the butter and icing sugar together well. You can add a flavor at this stage if you are looking for a bit more punch, lemon zest, early grey tea leaves, lavender, etc.
  2. Once it looks all deliciously creamy, resist from eating it by the spoonful, and get your flour ready.
  3. Start the mixer and slowly add in the flour, until it has all been added in.
  4. Then you can proceed to let your mixer do all the work for you and whip it for 6 minutes. You are wanting lighter than air shortbread here.
  5. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop the dough out onto an ungreased baking sheet. Top with decoration of your choosing.
  6. Bake them in a 275 degree oven for about 30-35 minutes. You want to dry out shortbread in essence, not bake it, thus the low temperature. They may brown slightly but mostly you are looking for them to be “dry”.