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So, we’re well and truly back to the chilly days now, where cars need to be scraped clean of ice before the morning school run, where breath mists in the air, and where the thermostat is likely turned up to near-maximum at all times day and night.
Autumn and winter can be magical times — especially if you’re lucky enough to live in an area which gets decent snowfall, with families enjoying days out to toboggan down hills, build snow men, and prepare for the festivities of Christmas and the New Year.
But it can also be pretty miserable, as the skies turn gloomy, and the chill persists for months.
Here are some simple, nice ways that you can keep yourself and your family toasty warm and upbeat during the winter months.
Install a towel radiator in the bathroom
Bath time in winter is often a blessing mixed with a curse. First, it’s a blessing because you get to immerse yourself in a tub of near-boiling water, let your anxieties and worries soak away, and enjoy being truly warm and comfortable as storms rage on outside.
Then, it’s a curse, because you have to step out of the warmth of the bath into the relatively more chilly atmosphere of the house at large, and feel icy cold for a while.
A great way of getting rid of this issue is to install a towel radiator in your bathroom, so that you can step straight from a hot bath into a toasty towel, before sprinting off to the safety of the bedroom.
Whip up some traditional winter dishes
Traditional winter foods are one of the overall best ways of keeping warm when the weather isn’t. They also tend to be filling and nourishing, ensuring that your metabolism stays stoked up so that you don’t end up finding yourself feeling like your veins are full of ice water.
Cold softdrinks and ice cream are out. Replace them with staple classics such as hot pumpkin soup, filling, starchy stews, and hot mugs of cocoa to enjoy in the evening. Many of these recipes are stunningly simple and straightforward to make, and also allow you to explore the benefits of eating with the seasons.
Warm your feet in front of a roaring fireplace
Humans have a very old and a very special relationship with fire, and event today most people smile and feel uplifted by the sight of a roaring bonfire or crackling fireplace.
A fireplace also just so happens to be a brilliant way of warming the home, and of bringing the family together in one location where games can be played, films can be enjoyed, and good conversations can be had.
If your home doesn’t have a fireplace, you could investigate having one installed. If that’s not an option, however, you could also explore the wide range of portable “fire places” available on the market, usually gas or electricity powered.
And when it comes down to it, what’s a more heartwarming, classic Yuletide stereotype than a happy family gathered around a hearth?