Although it takes some getting used to, I don’t really mind the end of daylight savings. It gets dark here by 4:45 pm, but that helps us get into an early dinner, finish homework, less stressed, get-t0-bed-0n-time routine. The other plus is that with a few decorative flourishes you can make your house look cozy while the sun sets for the night.
The ultimate touch to a gezellig (cozy) looking home has to be window candles. This seems to be uniquely American (?) or maybe even a North-East US thing (?). Anyway I love mine even though I always have conniptions at first, setting the timer, replacing bulbs etc. We’ve got a pretty good system now to prevent them from falling off window sills. Scott glued a nail (with construction adhesive) into the bottom, with it poking out, and drilled a little hole in the window sill. We just stick the nail in and the candle stays put, even with little hands about.
I was pleased to have window boxes put up this spring because there’s something so charming and old world-like about window boxes. Decorating them for Christmas and the winter season was a lot of fun. I used fresh green evergreen branches, fake red berries from Walmart, bows I already had and I spray painted some branches for a bit of contrast. I’m pretty pleased how they turned out since it was a really quick attempt. You can even see them from the street.
Anyone else find it necessary to cozy up your house during the dark winter days?