I love winter! Especially the time before Christmas when everything is beautifully decorated, there’s Christmas music playing everywhere, I can stroll through our local Christkindlmarkt, and share some mulled wine with friends. Not to mention the impatient wait for the first snowfall!!
Things look slightly different in January and February when it’s cold out, dreary, and the houses look barren and empty once those Christmas decorations have been packed away. It’s sort of a wake-up call and one realizes how gray winter can look without the pink holiday glasses on.
Here are a few winter activities I love doing, even after the holiday romance is gone.
- Splurge on fragrances to turn your home into a warm winter wonderland. I'm currently obsessed with Antica Farmacista and DW Candles since they were introduced to me by a friend. Both home fragrances brands are out of this world. I turned our living room into a warm citrusy vanilla bliss escape with a little help from Vanilla, Bourbon, and Mandarin.
- Enjoy some home-made epic mulled cider in the snow. (Check out The Londoner for the amazingly easy recipe.) Because there is nothing better than keeping warm with your favourite hot beverage, whilst the outside twinkles like a winter wonderland. Of course, the whole winter wonderland story doesn't always come true, so cozying up in front of the fire is a viable alternative!
- Invite your friends over for a fabulous winter dinner. I love cooking and turning my dining table and dishes into little pieces of art!
- Go ice skating in the snow. If you were too late to the party and the ice rink is closed (as was our case), there is nothing wrong with enjoying a glass of sparkling while overlooking the rink. I especially love the Chicago Peninsula sky rink! It's well-hidden on the 4th floor of the hotel, tucked away from big crowds, beautifully decorated, and has a heated lounge area for really cold Chicago winter days.
Cheers to kicking off 2018!
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