Winter is a wonderful season. There’s the excitement we all feel when the first few flakes of snow begin to fall, the holidays fast approaching – Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the joy of curling up in front of a roaring fire with a good book and a mug of something warm. There are fun indoor activities with the kids to enjoy, menus to plan and festive baking to get started on.
Sometimes though, the inside of our homes can start to feel, well, a little lacking. In the few months between the nights getting longer and drawing out the Christmas lights, when we want to snuggle up inside, it’s lovely to have a few bits and pieces to welcome in the winter. Below, there are a few ideas that will make your home feel more festive – even before the tree goes up!
Is there anything cozier than lighting a candle and having the scent of pine or myrrh waft through your home? There are some truly gorgeous scented candles that have a rich, wintery smell and can make your home feel special – even before the festivities set in.
There’s something lovely about draping a brand new woollen throw over your couch when it comes to winter. Not only is it perfect for curling up on, but you can also wrap it over your shoulders to keep off those winter chills. And have you thought about making your own? Even if you’re a novice knitter, there are websites that will get you started by providing the right amount of wool and the exact correct size of knitting needles. Just choose your project, order, and then away you go. Knitting is a really cozy pastime and you can make some beautiful new things for your home, as well as handmade gifts for those special people in your life.
Bring the Outside In
If you’ve got kids, getting them to use nature to make decorations and things to put in your home is a great way to feel more seasonal. There are loads of DIY projects that they’ll enjoy – decorating pine cones and spreading glitter everywhere they can! Not only that, but you’ll be able to get them out of the house, wrapped up in coats and scarves, to explore the world around them and go hunting for their materials.
Look out for Outside
While you’re making the inside of your home snug, be sure to keep an eye on the outside as well so you’re safe and secure for the winter months. Cold weather can bring with it lots of problems for homeowners but, with some care and diligence, you can make sure your home stays weatherproof all winter. Using a service like heatline.com will make sure your pipes don’t freeze when the snow lies thick on the ground, and you don’t have anything to worry about if you head on vacation over winter. It’s also worth getting a professional out to check over your roof if you’re not confident doing it yourself – cracks and loose tiles can be made worse by cold weather and snowfall and nobody wants a leak over Christmas.
Look after your home, outside and in, and you’ll be sure to have a wonderful festive season!
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.