In the NoVA and the DC area the temperatures in November were mild. While November brought a few chilly nights, the coming cold blast by the second week of December has all the signs of the region’s first real taste of an extended winter chill. December is actually not typically a snow-filled month for our region.
Get ready now and have a cozy home once the winter chill arrives. Although the official first day of winter is not until December 21st, you can begin now to create the comforts of a cozy, warm home. When we think of the word “cozy” we think of getting PJ’s on, grabbing a book, some hot chocolate, and a blanket and curling up on the sofa in front of the fire with a pet.
I would like to share these 5 tips for making your home warm and cozy this winter.
- Firewood. If you have a wood burning fireplace, have it serviced annually for safety. Have plenty of firewood on hand throughout the winter to keep the home fires burning. Not only does this make a home cozy, but it helps save on heating costs.
- Hot Chocolate. Keep plenty of ingredients on hand to make hot chocolate and to have extra to offer to visitors when they come to your home. At the end of this post you will find my favorite hot chocolate recipe.
- Lighting. The perfect lighting can create a cozy atmosphere. Light bulbs can create the perfect ambiance in any room. Different bulb watts and lumens help to create the mood you want. A wall sconce over the couch adds enough light for reading or knitting or simply curling up to relax in that cozy spot. Adding candles can also add soft lighting and fill your home with wonderful holiday scents. Changing the lighting in a room is one of the simplest ways to truly transform a space and create a warm and inviting environment.
- Home Decor. Decorate your living space with warm colors. Add warm touches with throw pillows, blankets and throws on a chair or the sofa and throw rugs to add special touches.
- Aroma. The scents of the holiday season can transport us back to moments in our childhood. The delicious smells of sugar cookies, hot chocolate and crackling fires are so beloved. Add these wonderful scents and more to your cozy home using potpourri, scented candles, essential oils diffusers or other air fresheners.
As I promised here is our favorite hot chocolate recipe
- 4 cups milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup good quality cocoa
- 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a saucepan combine all ingredients. Cook and stir over medium low heat until the marshmallows are melted, about 10 minutes. (I actually had mine on the stove for about 30 minutes and I just stirred occasionally)
Remove from the heat and pour into mugs.