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Sick of winter? 10 ways to make things cozier while we wait out the cold

Try these things to make winter go by a little faster.
Sick of winter? 10 ways to make things cozier while we wait out the cold

It's that time of year when winter feels like it will never end — the days are grey and we're getting sick of wearing the same parka. We're taking a page from the Scandinavians and trying to practice hygge. The word on everyone's lips right now, it means the art of appreciating and celebrating the small rituals that make up our daily lives. Here are ten hygge-approved activities to help make this last leg of winter much more enjoyable.

10 ways to make winter more cozy

1. Fill up a beer growler

Take it to your local skating rink in the evening to watch a hockey game, or do a few laps yourself. Growler, $84, Neiman Marcus

Sick of winter? 10 ways to make things cozier while we wait out the cold

2. Indulge in a cup of chocolatey goodness

Try your hand at a decadent cup of hot cocoa by changing up the standard recipe. Here’s six to get your started. Warning: you won’t ever use the powdered packets again! 

Malted milk hot chocolate
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3. Wrap yourself in a warm blanket

Make time to crack open a novel, your favourite magazine or spend time scrolling Pinterest — whatever makes you feel relaxed. Blanket, $70, H&M

Sick of winter? 10 ways to make things cozier while we wait out the cold

4. Set the mood with candles

Don’t want to trek outside in the cold? We don’t blame you. If you’re staying indoors, take a page from the Scandinavians and light an array of candles to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. 

Sick of winter? 10 ways to make things cozier while we wait out the cold

5. Learn the constellations

Bundle up in your jacket and a huge scarf and see if you can spot any. Calendar, US$28, Rifle Paper Co. 

Sick of winter? 10 ways to make things cozier while we wait out the cold
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6. Go to bed with a cozy hot water bottle

Cold toes, be gone! Hot water bottle, $30, Indigo

Sick of winter? 10 ways to make things cozier while we wait out the cold

7. Get a simmer pot going on the stove

Fill your home with warm scents using natural ingredients. Find ten deliciously scented recipes here.

fig and pomegranate simmer pot recipe

8. Snuggle up with some tea and a new book

Bonus points if you’re wearing thick, warm socks. Kettle, $98, Menu Design.

Sick of winter? 10 ways to make things cozier while we wait out the cold
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9. Play a board game

Invite friends and family over for a games night in with lots of snacks. Movie buff quiz game, $7, Hudson’s Bay

Sick of winter? 10 ways to make things cozier while we wait out the cold

10. Plan a sledding party

Bring a thermos filled with hot chocolate. Toboggan, $100, Canadian Tire

Sick of winter? 10 ways to make things cozier while we wait out the cold

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