Thursday, December 23, 2021 / by Margie Wright
1. Set the MoodCandles and lighting make a major difference in the mood of your home. If you use candles, choose seasonal scents to really tap into the holiday season and be filled with warmth. Or you can go the route of floral and tropical scents if you prefer to imagine yourself in those warm temperatures again. You'd be surprised how much the scent can help your mood! Just make sure to keep the candles away from anything flammable, and don't leave them unattended.
2. Get to BakingComfort food is basically a necessity to comfy days. Nothing is better than curling up with your favorite foods to watch your favorite shows or what the weather outside. Have some fun with it though! Look through your old cookbooks or find a recipe online. Call up a friend or family member to get their special recipes (you'll definitely be on the nice list with them then). Take your time with the baking. Don't rush through it, but instead really enjoy the process. If it gets messy, then it's all the more fun. Soon your home will be smelling delightful, and you'll be able to have all the pride of successfully baking something yummy.
3. Add TextureA simple way of doing this is making a pillow and blanket fort. And no, you're never too old for a good old fashioned fort. Make it interesting by using blankets and pillows of different textures. The more forms of fluffy you have, the better. Throw in different kinds of pillows whether they be from the bed or purely decorative. Drag all the blankets and sheets you have to make it extra cozy. Bonus points if you've got a pet to bring in - stuffed animals and plushies work just as well too.
4. Pull Out the Board GamesRun out of things to binge watch? Or maybe you don't want to be left on a cliff hanger of the final episode of your favorite show and have to wait months (or even a few days) for the newest season. Have no fear! Board games solve that problem of boredom. It's always a good idea to have board games and card games on hand. If you have a standard deck of cards, there's all kinds of things you can play! A quick search online will show you everything that exists and the rules. Don't shy away from trying out new games as well. The classics are great, but it can be just as fun to learn something new.
5. Embrace Sweater WeatherDig through the boxes of winter gear, and find your favorite sweaters. Have a few that you don't think you'll wear anymore? Then it's time to get crafty! Those old sweaters can be the perfect base for an ugly Christmas sweater competition. If you're stuck indoors because of the weather, pull out the craft supplies and get to work. Find inspiration online or use your imagination. Go wild with it! You can even be decorating and working while bundled up in the sweater you're not willing to part with just yet.
6. Curate your Cold Weather PlaylistTake inspiration from already made playlists to make your own. Add your personal touch by incorporating your own favorite songs! Music is great for help with relaxing, and it serves as wonderful background ambience while doing other things around the home (including playing board games). You don't have to be restricted to just holiday music. You can add whatever music helps you achieve maximum relaxation during the coldest of days. Maybe you want to add more tropical music so you can imagine the warmth being brought in. Maybe you only want to add holiday music. Have fun with it!
7. Do Seasonal ActivitiesDo them alone or grab a friend/family member to do them with you. Separated because of weather or long distances? Set up a video call and find something seasonal to do over it! Have a gingerbread house competition online. See who can make the best hot chocolate recipe. Make a list of New Year's resolutions that you'll definitely stick to (i.e., you'll forget about them right after the New Year begins). If it's been snowing, go build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or even make snow angels. You can also make snow cream!
The best way to achieve coziness is by having fun and doing what makes you happy. Stay warm, have a happy holiday, and be cozy!