Day 20: Snuggle Up

This time of year is always pretty chilly, even here in Arizona, and whether it’s just you or a house full of guests, you need ways to stay warm. Here are my favorite ways to keep toasty without cranking up the heat in the house.

Lots of cozy blankets and warm layers, like wool socks and blanket scarfs are a must. And if you’re able to, curl up (with or without significant others and/or pets) by the fire with some hot chocolate. If it’s cold enough, everyone will want to cuddle.

Photo sources: blanket scarf, fire place, chunky blanket, hot chocolate, **pugs source can be found on my pet activities post

Tell me how you stay warm in the winter!

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Day 19: Family Dinners

The holidays are filled with family dinners. All sides of the family need to get their time in to see you, and of course it involves lots and lots of food. Stay comfortable, because you will be eating and moving a lot, especially if kids are running around under foot.

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I like the idea of simple decor and place settings, and letting the food be the star of the show.

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To keep everyone happy, keep the food and drinks flowing (although if one relative gets sloppy or angry when drunk, be wary!). Have some Christmas tunes going, and if you want to avoid drama, avoid arguing about religion and politics. There are even some articles on how to answer those awkward questions everyone seems to ask (“so are you seeing anyone?”). Also, keep some cards or board games around; they are an instant distraction.

 

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What are your tips for when the entire family gets togethers?

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Day 9: Decorations Everywhere

I love decorating for Christmas. It is honestly one of my favorite things to do, right up there with making (and then eating) those Christmas cookies. Here is some of my inspiration for decorating, and what I ended up being able to accomplish at my family’s house. I personally like simplistic, somewhat rustic decor, with sparkly gold and black, with touches of red, green, and black.

Sources for the above pictures: cone trees, top coffee table, lantern, mistletoe ball, Noel shelf, lower coffee table, glitter branches, stocking shelf, boxed table centerpiece, tree skirt

The above pictures I took of mine and friends houses.

What kind of decor do you like at the holidays?

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