Spend Your Holidays Around the Hearth

Gather around the hearth this holiday

The much-loved carol “White Christmas” declares the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. We couldn’t agree more! Whether you’re dreaming of a white Christmas or perhaps a version that’s a bit warmer, your fireplace is the perfect backdrop for cozy gatherings, both impromptu and intentional, with family and friends. Make this “most wonderful time of the year” extra special with a few of these ideas.

Plan a Movie Night
Even if you’re a Grinch or a Scrooge, there are many classic holiday movies – and this is the best time of year to enjoy them. Most have happy endings that fill us with warm fuzzies and remind us of the spirit of the holiday season. Check out Netflix or the TV menu for one of your favorites and plan a special night with the family. Don your Santa hat. Turn on the carols. Bake a delicious pizza wreath. Whip up a batch of Creamy Hot Cocoa. Make some popcorn. Turn on the fireplace and snuggle in for the main feature!

Craft your own Holiday Decorations
Back in “the day,” homemade decorations consisted of threading popcorn for garland or cutting folded white paper to symmetrical create snowflakes. Remember gluing strips of red and green construction paper into interlocking rings to make garland?

Today, Pinterest is chock full of more imaginative but just-as-easy ornaments the kids will love to make. A snow sled from Popsicle sticks. Jingle bell wreaths. Snowmen made from bottle caps or tea lights. A wreath ornament made of buttons.

The ideas are almost endless. Just remember, a drop cloth may be in order if you want to spare your carpet or coffee table of glitters and glue! If you really want to take it up a notch, HGTV offers ideas for hosting a kids’ holiday crafting party.

Enjoy Your Out-of-town Guests
The best motivation for decking the halls is when out-of-town guests are coming to visit. If you haven’t already done so, embellish your hearth – it’s the focal point of the room! Be sure to keep our seasonal fireplace safety tips in mind while you’re decorating. Your guests are coming to spend time with you, so you’ll want to carve out time for laughter and soul-nourishing conversation around a fire. Make sure you have apple cider, wine or another favorite beverage, and some munchies or Christmas cookies on hand.

A variety of current magazines, books and DVDs set out in plain sight will encourage them to make themselves at home. Working on a puzzle on the coffee table is also a great way to pass the time over the holidays, whether solo or in company.

However you spend your holidays, all of us at Heatilator wish you many happy memories!