The warmth of the fireplace warms your red cheeks from the harsh cold outside, you feel the fall weather seep through your window sill, you smell the fresh baked goods your family is making in the kitchen. You curl up with a really good book, a book that perfectly compliments the hot chocolate and marshmallows that are sitting next to you on the coffee table. Everything is picture perfect. Wouldn’t that be nice? We might not always have time to relax this deeply, especially in the holiday rush and chaos. This list will give you some bits and pieces to make a cozy night of your choice, a time to relax, a safe place for family and loved ones. Choosing items off this list and combining them to make the perfect weekend staycation is the best way to take a moment to breathe and fully appreciate what you have going for you in your life, the perfect environment to reflect and know what you’re truly thankful for.
The soft and cozy feeling of snuggling up with your favorite blanket is almost the best feeling in the world!
Grab your favorite blankets from all around the house, the plaid one, the faux fur, the old quilt, all of them! Gather them up and make a lazy fort on the couch, stay in and have a movie night. The perfect way to bond with family over as something as simple as just being comfortable together with a bunch of winter blankets enjoying a classic film. You never know, it actually might be so cozy that you all might fall asleep, but you can bet that it’s a perfect way to make the holidays cozy even though all the shopping chaos will be starting soon for the winter holidays. So take this weekend and have some time to yourself and your family, you’ll need a clear mind if you want to get all those presents sorted!
Like I mentioned before, the warmth of a fireplace on your cheeks is the perfect way to physically feel warm and create a relaxing and calm environment in your home.
Whether it be a fireplace or a fire pit in the backyard, I know that some of my best childhood memories have been when sitting around a fire pit sharing stories, having great food, and warm drinks. Even now it’s one of my favorite pastimes, the easiest way to enjoy the winter weather. Collect some logs, head to the store to get smores ingredients, and make a night of it this weekend! The kids will love it, the whole family will remember this moment for years to come, and it’s a wonderful way to connect with nature, love, and the people around us.
You can bet that I’ll be setting up my fire pit this weekend, I can’t wait any longer!
13 Grey Days
Taking a second to fully enjoy a grey day, taking a walk with your loved one, or just sitting outside and enjoying the crisp breeze and the smell of autumn on your face might be one of my favorite ways to create new memories this winter season.
The grey days before the snow is even a thought, the days during the end of October and the start of November are the most precious, the perfect amount of chill for a warm sweater to keep you comfortable and a wool scarf wrapped around you. The leaves crunching under every step you take along your walk as you hold hands with your significant other. Grey days are the epitome of fall, and to take advantage of them, turning them into memories you’ll remember for years is the best thing you can do to make the holidays cozy. Remember to wear your best coat and stay warm out there, you never know when snow might surprise you!
A wonderful idea for those who want to work on your relationships with your loved ones, baking is the key to anyone’s heart. Not only is it fun to do together and problem solve, the reward is just as great to enjoy together. Creating an amazing and delicious apple pie with ice cream, while sitting by the fire after all your hard work, the perfect start to a holiday season.
Plan a baking schedule with you partner in your planner, map out the days and what you want to create, if you start early enough you can create a personalized holiday cookbook for your loved ones for holiday gift giving, a wonderful and loving present to share with those in your life. Figuring out new recipes together and being innovative is probably one of the most beneficial ways to grow a relationship, also an amazing option for a first date as well. You’ll find out if your date is really perfect for you in no time, you’ll be surprised, and might just find the one!
11 Warm Clothes
Fashion is such a big part of every culture, and it is also an important aspect of my life as well, so how does it work with feeling cozy? Well, a great way to feel wonderful about yourself this holiday season is to wear adorable winter clothes! Think of all the options you have to feel cozy and love what you wear! This is my favorite type of fashion because it combines comfortable with practical, and obviously stylish and chic! Warm winter clothes, from an army green parka with pop culture patches, mom jeans, doc martins, and a mock neck grey sweater, the look of this fall! To even a flowing dress with tights and a hoodie, paired with simple Chelsea boots, a great way to look chic and pulled together while staying warm and cozy. A good outfit is what really starts my day off right and makes me feel productive, so what will you be wearing this winter to make yourself feel fantastically fashionable!
From Jane Austen to the Harry Potter series, books are always a nostalgic way to spend some free time these holidays.
Cozying up on the couch with a new novel, or even one you have read a million times before, there is a certain magic that is released from books when you read them in a cozy environment, there is a good feeling that overcomes you and you will just have to keep reading to keep it going. Once you finish your favorite book, set aside some time to read every day, then when winter passes, you will hopefully have formed a habit and hold onto that holiday magic that came with it. You will be devouring the knowledge you gather, you will be able to share your ideas, learn new ideas, new perspectives, and honestly that is probably one of the best gifts you could give yourself this season.
Stay in your pajamas all day, you deserve it!
Grab your cutest pair of pajamas and have a relaxing spa night, treat yourself and pamper yourself because self-love is the key to this holiday season, a great way to encourage self-growth for the new year ahead. It will be here sooner than you think! Get some exfoliating bath bombs, nice lotion, facial care products, and make yourself feel wonderful, like you are on top of the world. Slip on your cozy clothes and enjoy your night in, and when the next day rolls around, stay in your pajamas! Sit back and relax, pick some other things among this list to work on and you will feel like you are on vacation!
“I love getting amazing jackets because you can wear your pajamas underneath and everyone is like, 'Oh, fabulous jacket,' and I am like, 'You should see what is underneath!” - Mary-Kate Olsen
8 Time Alone
Time to reflect, time to organize your thoughts, your goals.
Having time to yourself at anytime of the year will help you overcome whatever may be troubling you at the time and place you are in your life, but when you set time aside to overview what’s happening in your life during the winter season, you can have time to relax during the national holidays, spend time with your family and people of your past, you’ll be able to clearly see how far you’ve grown from where you’ve been before, and if anything I’d say that’s an advantage when trying to grow into a better person. Knowing that you’ll have time, and you won’t have to stress as much because of work or extreme responsibilities, you’ll let yourself unwind a bit and actually enjoy what’s happening in the moments around you. Time alone during this upcoming holiday season will really allow you to learn, grow, and connect the most with those who you love.
7 Visiting Home
If you live far from your family, visiting during the winter months is the perfect way to reconnect and feel the emotional warmth.
Visiting home during winter, experiencing the nostalgia, hearing the noises you remember as a kid in the environment around your home, the smells. Everything has a memory attached to it and you probably don’t realize how much you miss it until you’re submerged in the environment. Home is really where the heart is, it’s not just a Hallmark saying that’s cheesy and overrated, it’s true.
“Home wasn't a set house or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.” - Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye
6 Setting Goals
Planning ahead and allowing yourself time to really think about your short and long term goals.
While fall rolls around, leading quickly into the chilly months, sit down outside on a nearby park bench and bring along some paper and a pen, take a moment to breathe and start writing a stream of consciousness based on goals you would like to achieve in the coming year. It would even be wise to include goals for the end of this current year as well! Taking a second, review what you wrote and create a list of goals from your thoughts, using your long form writing as a base to leap from, in the right direction you’d like to head in for the future.
Setting goals will make you realize how much you’ve grown and help you figure out where you want to grow more in your life for the coming year!
Looking back at old home movies, photo albums, and telling stories of the past. These are probably some the most amazing things to do whenever you want to feel warm and fuzzy inside. really you just get filled with all the feels, and there is no better time than the holidays to do this.
Sitting back on a comfy couch full of pillows and soft blankets while the fireplace crackles away, you feel a warm feeling overcome you and you feel the real meaning to happiness in this moment. Like I mentioned at the very start of this editorial, the feeling of nostalgia, experiencing old memories with the loved ones around you, your family, can really bring everyone closer, making a cozy holiday season.
Gather around after a delicious dinner and tell stories by the fire, yes it might be cliche, but there’s a sense of tradition attached to this event full of love, pain, and strength, all things you’ve overcome together and individually.
Heading out for a winter picnic, finding a local cafe, or an art museum to spend your day, feeling the cool breeze from outside the doors, a wonderful way to be thankful for all the moments this upcoming winter.
I love just packing my backpack full of food, good books, my phone full of my favorite music, and adventuring out into the world, finding small places close to home I never knew existed. When you do this enough, you will find all sorts of places when you’re open and looking, you’ll find places that will always be in your memories! Whether it be a park, or a little forest, or a cute cafe hidden behind a shopping mall, or a bookstore that’s family run and smells like antiques, you’ll be in for a surprise that will always be with you.
Make it your mission to find someplace new this winter!
3 Warm Drinks
From Lattes to hot chocolate, warm drinks make everyone feel like they’re holding something special. Having good laughs with friends over homemade coffee or tea, catching up and making memories you’ll laugh about years from now.
Since pumpkin spice lattes are in every winter season, grab a cup with your favorite book, or even just sit down and people watch out the window as individuals go about their day. Soon enough you’ll find yourself in a trance and completely be lost in thought. Stay cozy by taking things easy and giving yourself time to let your thoughts wander, you might find new inspiration you never knew existed!
“I don't really have an office or anything, and I like to have to move location every two hours. So I just kind of write in a park, on a bench, in the library, in a cafe, back to the library, that kind of thing.” - Steve Toltz
Sharing a day with friends you haven’t seen in such a long time might be the perfect way for you to spend a weekend this winter while everyone is visiting home for the holidays.
Having a small get together on a weekend you have free this holiday season is a wonderful way to reconnect with those you have missed. It’s always hard to connect with people again from high school and college once everyone has moved on, found their own families, and homes. During the holidays is the best time to set some time aside to gather around and catch up in a casual setting, everyone’s home to visit their families, so everyone is where they used to be years ago. Don’t miss this chance and take it for granted, many people would love the chance to meet up with their old pals and BFFs, so don’t pass it up!
Not only your mom or dad, but the family you’re creating now, whether it’s just you, you and your pet, or your significant other, create memories you’ll cherish forever, create holiday traditions and stick to them!
One of the most important tasks of the holidays, visiting your family. Whether that be your biological family, or visiting those who have acted like a family for you as a child, those loved ones hold a very special place in all of our hearts. I know we all wish that we could visit more often in the year, but work, school, and other life matters seem to always take priority. So this time is always special and close to my heart. Make this time the most, make memories, make a cozy time for everyone to enjoy including yourself.
“Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible - the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.” - Virginia Satir