5 Ways to Warm Up in Winter + Cozy Pajama Party

Some of what makes the holiday season the “most wonderful time of the year” is the natural beauty created by a blanket of fresh fallen snow.  Nothing beats going to sleep at night, only to wake up and find your world transformed into a shimmering white wonderland. Unfortunately, along with dazzling snowflakes comes frigid temperatures, which sometimes makes it best to appreciate a bright winter day from inside the comfort and warmth of home.  Staying home doesn’t have to mean being cooped up.  There are plenty of activities you can do to remain warm, cozy, and entertained.

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1. Curl up with a good book

Fill up a cup of coffee, find a nice easy chair, pull on a blanket and get swept away into another world.  A good book can transport you to wherever you wish to go.  Whether you’re an e-Reader (like Arnie) or opt for the more tangible and traditional paper books like me, settling into a good read can be a great way to pass the hours in warm, quiet comfort.

My Favorites: Brave Enough, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Change Your Clothes Change Your Life

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2. Settle in for a holiday movie

My all-time favorite Christmas movie will always be Little Women. My sister and I watched this movie at least a hundred times growing up, and watching it always brings about sweet childhood memories. In fact, I adore Little Women so much that I even talked Arnie into visiting the Louisa May Alcott Orchard House, where the movie is filmed, when we visited Massachusetts after our wedding.

Other Favorites: the Family Stone, Love Actually and, of course, Elf

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3. Bake something sweet

There’s something about the smell of fresh baked cookies in winter that really puts me into the holiday spirit.  Baking together can be a great activity for couples or friends to spend time together away from the distraction of the TV, computers, and phones.  And of course, as an added bonus, you get to eat when you’re done!  This hot chocolate dump cake is as easy, yet decadent as recipes come and these Peppermint Spritz Cookies are one of my favorites to make for the holiday.

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4. Warm up with hot cocoa

Winter weather and hot cocoa are as classic a pairing as can be–and there’s a reason for it.  It’s downright delicious!  Drinking warm beverages in winter time truly takes comfort to the next level. Williams Sonoma offers several hot chocolate flavors to choose from, including caramel, but Arnie and my personal favorite is their Peppermint Hot Cocoa.  Throw in a few marshmallows and you have the perfect winter weather drink.

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5. Spend the day in your PJs

To me, pajamas are the one gift I never tire of receiving. It’s a gift that I wouldn’t otherwise buy myself but always feels like a treat to receive them. On weekends and in the evenings after work, I love to come home and curl up on the couch in a clean pair of pajamas, and settle in for a favorite TV show.

If you’re looking to gift a pair of pajamas to a family member or friend this holiday season, the below are a few of my favorites:

Speaking of spending the day in your PJs, that’s exactly what my beautiful blogger friends and I did last weekend. Be sure to check out Ashley, Zoe and Kim’s blogs for their take on our holiday pajama party.

Photos by: Julianne Kahlbaugh

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Comments

Meryl
A great post. oh and thanks for the reminder Lauren. I LOVE Little Women. I can't wait to re-watch it! www.mrsfranzos.blogspot.com

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