In warm climates you may feel (lack of) winter blue. Bring the cozy feeling of hunting down and enjoying winter into your home with a few simple tricks, and your house will feel under ninety-five in no time. Keep nostalgia at the forefront when wintering your home to get some joy or specialty of the season. When you take winter into your house, be sure to bring some of your favorite winter traditions as well.
Hygge (pronounced hyoo-guh) is a Danish lifestyle trend that celebrates comfort, coziness and satisfaction. Introducing the spirit of hygiene into your home can be as simple or complicated as you wish. Take up some hygiene traditions by reading The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living. If reading is not your forte, skip the book and go straight to filter-related DIY units your favorite hot drink and host a potluck night with all your friends, where you have to wear comfortable clothes.
If your thermometer continues to climb as the year goes by, bring the spirit of the holiday into your home. Start in September, decorate your home with autumn-inspired crafts . Sprinkle the fall decor throughout your home or keep it concentrated in one area of the home – like a mantle. In October you change decor with Halloween decorations and in November you roll out Thanksgiving decor .
When decorating for Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza, think of snow. Pick up some faux flakes at a local craft store, cut out paper snowflakes and hang them around the home, maybe even replace some of your throw pillows for temporary snow or holiday themes.
Reading winter books can help you feel all kinds of cozy. Relax with hot chocolate a winter story, and hunter in a cozy blanket – bonus points if you make your own cozy slippers. You can also include the smallest members of your house in the fun of pulling out old children's book favorites like The Night Before Christmas Dream Snow by Eric Carle and All-of-a- Kind Family Hanukkah . If you want to buy these books, start in a used store and give your favorite classics a new lease on a shelf.
If reading is not your speed, click on some classic winter pockets with your friends and family at your favorite streaming service. Need a suggestion? We recommend that you start with iconic films such as It's A Wonderful Life or the giggling Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.
Cook for the Cold
Turn off the heat by dropping your thermostat and cooking your favorite winter food. If you grew up somewhere cooler with winter traditions tied to food, don't jump out just because you have a hot pool in your garden. Bake pumpkin flavored sweets, eat chili on Halloween or try a new festive treat and start a new tradition. Focus on winter-centric foods like traditional Christmas or Hanukkah dishes – or new foods that contain winter's favorite flavors like peppermint, orange, pumpkin or some other hot cocoa-related .
Get a group of your friends together and host a winter craft evening. Invite everyone to come with an ugly sweater or their favorite winter movie on trailers. You can light a winter scent candle, play party music and crafts away. Some of our favorite winter crafts? Embossed Christmas Stations custom gloves and DIY scented candles for DIY . And if the craft night doesn't hit the spot, turn it into a gift swap or fun white elephant party.
An easy way to make your home feel festive is to add your favorite scents to the mix. Whether you light a candle, add a few drops of essential oil to the diffuser or pull out potpourri you add wintery scents to your home it will get a wintery feel. If you have a diffuser, we recommend that you try two drops of smoke oil, two drops of cinnamon oil and two drops of orange oil. Another great way to put a seasonal scent into the home is to cook sails or cider on the stove and let it simmer. If you want to combine fragrances with craft night, you can make your own wax melts or winter scented soap balls .
So what are you waiting for? Take your glue gun and get stingy. Or just curl up on the couch next to your favorite candle. Both are perfectly acceptable alternatives.