Christmas is on the way. Before you know it, all of this years hype, build up and excitement will be over, and we’ll be sat on our sofa nursing a turkey or goose hangover, and perhaps even a very real hangover. There will be toy packaging all over our homes, perhaps child’s dolls or lego to trip on with abundance, and if you’ve braved a real Christmas tree this year, tree pine needles to step on. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the most comfy, cosy Christmas ever, especially with a cold winter on the way.
Now is a great time to start planning for your comfy Christmas, because you have many weeks left in order to purchase the little things that make everything come together. We’re not suggesting this will result in a stress-free Christmas, but are kindly suggesting that implementing these little trimmings that bring the event together can help melt any stress you do have, until you have to deal with that aforementioned food baby.
Lighting makes the ambiance of almost any room, provided it’s well decorated of course. This article isn’t here to give you design tips, so we’ll spare you from that for now. However, Christmas lighting can make all the difference. Consider placing a warm beige lampshade over the main lighting implements in your home, or perhaps consider re-orienting your entire living room to make the most use of the natural light during the day. There’s just something about the bright white of light from reflected snow that can help you feel the most nourished you ever have. Take it from us when we say that it’s definitely worth trying to fight a low-level of clear lighting, and potentially experimenting with colored lighting to help your room shine. Novel fairy lights adds an ethereal element to your room, but be sure they’re laid out beautifully and on a permanent timer, as repeated flashing can be dizzying if left on for too long.
The warmth of your room matters. Cosiness is almost impossible when you’re shivering. Load up on Christmas themed fluffy socks, some novelty comfortable slippers (yes, monster feet haven’t gone out of fashion in our minds,) or you might simply indulge in turning on the central heating for more hours a day. Of course, there’s almost nothing more perfect than tradition when it comes to feeling comfortable, so why not consider the fireplace of the home? Have you a fireplace in relatively decent repair, that could very much do with an upgrade? Do you even use the scope of your fireplace at all, despite enjoying a very beautiful chimney and fully functional area of use? You might consider a stove fireplace to contain all of your wood, with a locked door to ensure that the smoke escapes carefully. Of course, fireplace surrounds often dictate the aesthetic of this feature, and can turn a relatively nice fireplace to one that looks absolutely amazing in your home, and can help you head from nought to comfy in a matter of moments. Just be sure to stock up on cleaning brushes and learn how to functionally maintain this implement, and this might just be your most favourite Christmas idea yet.
It’s seemingly common to dismiss the idea of tradition as archaic and silly, for many people. Of course, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing as living life on your own terms is often superior and important for some people. But reducing tradition isn’t cool. The Christmas day might not be the clearest in how certain traditions have come around (you might exclaim this loudly when stubbing your toe on your furniture as you’re dragging the tree in,) but that doesn’t mean it’s any less special for you, your family, and your children.
The morning wake up, the giving of presents, the special morning breakfast, the coming together to build toys and watch the special television of the day, the giving of Christmas stockings, seeing if Santa has arrived, heading out for a walk, heading to your particular Church (if you practice,) and then stocking up for the beautiful Christmas dinner is a time-honored tradition, and it’s a wonderful one. It’s almost as if this procession has been distilled into its most comfortable parts. Of course, it takes a lot of work to organize and make a success of, but a wonderful Christmas day can be wonderful thanks to the sense of community, of joking, of love and of relaxing doing nothing in particular (while nursing your stomach filled with food.)
Tradition means something, and it can truly help you feel your most cosy this Christmas. If you haven’t conducted this usual flow of the daily events for a few years, why not make Christmas 2018 the time you try? You have nothing to lose apart from a few hours of preparation, and everything to gain in comfort alone.
Christmas comfort is often best felt when relatively structured, as we’ve just explained. But it might be that actually doing something on that day is the best use of your time. For example, heading out sledding, going for that morning walk, perhaps even visiting a friend or having them come over can help the entire family feel more comfortable, and can help the day follow a relatively distinct routine. Highlight some evening television or video games the family might like to play, and hey presto! You have a wonderful day planned for you and your family, top to bottom. Just like any good day, getting the ball rolling well can help you experience the most of it, and with these little plans made (or plans forged,) you might just be in for the perfect Christmas. Just be sure to take it as it comes, not to overwork yourself, and to remember to relax.
With these simple tips, it might be that outfitting your home, your day and your expectations for the perfect Christmas well help you experience a feeling of ‘comfy’ like no other. We wish you the best for this year (if it’s not too early to do so,) and hope you enjoy a wonderful time with those around you.
This is a collaborative post.