11 Ways to Feel Extra Cozy this Winter
Finally, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! LA weather is cooling down, Santa Monica is decorated with festive lights, and we can actually wear cozy layers and winter jackets (for about 1 month). But with the holiday season comes a lot to do. There are people to see, holiday shopping to be done, and Christmas decorations to buy. This holiday season, don’t forget about you! Here are 11 ways to feel extra cozy during the holidays that won’t cost you anything more than some holiday spirit.
Over the last few years as a television producer, I never really made an extra effort to enjoy the holidays. I was generally recovering from shooting crazy long hours and traveling for work. While I always wanted to do festive activities during the winter, my holiday spirit was just kind of lacking. This year, it feels nice to just be at home around family, exploring my neighborhood, and trying new rituals like making a purposeful to-do list.
Sometimes the holidays can make us feel overwhelmed by our long list of responsibilities in such a short time. If you’re feeling the same way, you might just need a little motivation to start slowing down. By shifting your focus to appreciate the things that you already have, you might start to see that you need a lot less than you think. Enjoying the little things, like making time to feel extra cozy during the winter, just might become one of the big things.
1. Make your house smell like Christmas.
In a small pot, warm up some whole cloves, oranges, rosemary, cranberries, vanilla extract, cinnamon sticks and water. I’ll keep half of it in the pot then pour the rest into a small bowl to place on my kitchen table for the night. Your whole house will smell like the holidays!
2. Carry a scarf in your purse.
Before you go out, throw a warm scarf into your purse. When it gets cold, especially walking around at night, you’ll have something on hand to warm you right up.
3. Light a festive candle.
One of the most simple ways to feel more cozy at home is to light a candle. Especially a candle with a wood wick, like this one from The Milo House, you can hear the wood crackle (also a good substitute to not having a fireplace).
4. Watch a Christmas movie in bed.
Curling up with a soft blanket, hot chocolate, warm pajamas, and a movie… so cozy! Some of my favorite Christmas movies: Family Man, Home Alone 2, and The Holiday (just going to end the list there before it gets too basic).
5. Warm up your bed with your blowdryer.
Well, I recently learned the hard way that I should have gotten my heater fixed before it became freezing at night. When temperatures were -0 degrees in my apartment for awhile there, my friend told me she used her blowdryer to warm up her bed before going to sleep in college. Um, genius! Why didn’t I think of that?
8. Make holiday cocktails.
Making holiday cocktails will instantly make your home become more festive. Create a cozy corner in your kitchen or dining room with ingredients for holiday cocktails, some garnish, glasses, and fresh winter greenery. (I will share my holiday bar cart, eventually).
9. Wear fuzzy socks.
I’m not a slippers or robe person, but I can get down with fuzzy socks. This pair from Barefoot Dreams is the softest thing you’ll ever feel. I only have one pair, so I’m excited to wear them when they’re clean (Is that embarrassing to say?)
10. Order your coffee in a real cup.
Next time you go to a coffee shop, order your coffee “for here.” When you can sit down and enjoy it in a real coffee cup, it changes the whole experience. Or when you make coffee at home, take a few extra minutes to drink it from a mug instead of a tumbler (or do both!). Oh and hold it with 2 hands because that’s the way cozy people do it.
11. Bake something, anything.
Sometimes I like the idea of baking more than the actual baking. But for the sake of coziness, baking fills your whole house with holiday cheer. You’ll love the healthy muffin recipes from Hey, Lady Grey. But hey, if it’s from a box, it’s from a box.
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