While not a tip to make your home look lived in, it is germane to the season.
Following Christmas day DO NOT put all the empty boxes from all the cool stuff you got out on the street for garbage day, you just gave every petty crook an inventory of what is under your tree. I have gone so far as to turn boxes inside out but generally run them up to whatever “Dipsty Dumpster” I know of to throw the whole load away.
The garbage day after Christmas take a mental note of all the boxes you see lining the streets. I have casually inquired to neighbors how they liked their XYZ device. They all asked how do I know they had one. I replied “The box for it sat in front of your house all day waiting for the trash men to come take it.”