Hey there beautiful people! Today I want to share with you a few of the ways I like to settle in for our long cold winters. Most of you know I live in Northern Alberta Canada and it can definitely get pretty chilly here. Minus 10C to minus 40C (14F to -40F) is not uncommon at all between October and March. So it’s really important to me to do what I can to make these long months a little more bearable. Here are a few of my favorite things for a long cozy winter.
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My winter decor is up and feeling very cozy and lovely. I don’t really decorate for Christmas (with the exception of a real tree that goes up in Dec), instead I decorate for winter and keep it up until March or so. The neutral simplicity of it set a tone of peacefulness that I hope invites all those who enter to relax and rest. I love how my three tiered stand (it’s from Canadian Tire) turned out this year. The JOY sign stays constant throughout the seasons but I switch out everything else depending on the time of year.
Here’s a peek at some of my other winter decor. I have battery-operated timer candles (affiliate link) all over the house. They are the BEST. They all come on at the same time which just makes me all kinds of happy and then turn off 6 hours later. It really sets the cozy mood in the evenings without me having to do a lot of work. What’s better than that!
Nothing says cozy like tiny twinkle lights. These are on a timer too from the dollar store of all places!
Speaking of cozy, my new favorite piece of clothing this season has got to be my new pink Sherpa coat from Costco. Oh my is it every delightful. That’s the word I like to use when something so simple brings me so much joy. I love it so much!
Okay next on my list of winter favorites is tea of course! I’m a bit of a tea junkie and I think tea lovers don’t get near the special treatment that coffee lovers do. Many coffee places that bring in all the fun holiday coffee drinks year after year neglect the tea drinkers that might also like to get in the holiday spirit. Why no holiday tea I ask? So sad. It’s definitely a problem, here in Canada anyway. Hello Tim Hortons and Starbucks, I’m talking to you! Luckily Second Cup has not neglected me and they brought in their delicious Holiday Blend Tea again this year. I shared about it last year but I just had to tell you about it again in case you too were feeling a little neglected in the tea department.
And if you want to get one from the grocery store, I highly recommend the new Holiday Chai from Stash. It’s very good.
Every year I create a hot chocolate/tea bar in my kitchen for the winter season. My daughter told me she wouldn’t come home from college if I didn’t do it, ha! So since I only have so much counter space, this year I decided to go vertical and make it two tier. I simply turned one of my wood bins on its side and I had the perfect shelf. This way I have plenty of room for both my tea and the hot chocolate and all the fixings that go along with it. Behind the marshmallows are another two jars with chocolate add-ins.
Here’s what it has looked like in previous years. A nice festive touch for sure. It makes it nice and easy for guests to find what they need all in one place. Do you make a hot chocolate/tea bar during the holiday season?
As I also mentioned in a previous post, I love my new milk frother (affiliate link) to add an extra special touch to my tea. Look at how beautifully it froths almond milk. Yum!
In the winter, the days are shorter and we get way less sunshine. To combat that I use a Happy Light (affiliate link) every morning when I do my devotions. It makes a world of difference to help ward of feelings of sadness that is so common during this time of year. Here’s my morning view.
Some other favorites for a long cozy winter include my electric blanket on my bed and my Sherpa throws in my living room. Can you tell I like to be warm?
What are your favorite things to help you create a cozy winter? Do you do anything special to make your home a nice relaxing cozy place to hang out during the long cold months of winter? Share in the comments with me 🙂