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How to make the most of your home on a winter’s night…

October 14th 2015
By: Melanie Hollidge
How to make the most of your home on a winter’s night…

There are only a couple of weeks to go until the clocks go back on the 25th October and the evenings start to draw in, it’s at this time of year that many of us dread, as it’s a sign that winter has begun.  
 
However, there are ways in which you can make the most of the dark evenings from the comfort of your own home, if you embrace the changing of the season. If you have an open fire, even if it doesn’t work very well, watching naked flames can give great comfort on a cold evening. There are also lots of realistic electric heaters available on the market which you can simply plug in, so it might be a good idea to invest in one of these.
 
Have an evening in when you roast some seasonal chestnuts, and enjoy with sprinkling of salt and butter.
 
Invest in some nice lighting for your home, this can really change the atmosphere, or change the light bulbs to ones with a warmer glow. Candles are a great way to make a home feel cosy in winter.
 
Make sure at least one of the rooms in your home is kept really warm, if you have bare floorboards, then add some rugs as not only will it make your home feel warmer they will also help to absorb and keep the heat in your home.
 
Cook some winter warming recipes such as stews, soups, pies and so forth, they are really nourishing and warming.
 
Subscribe to on-line sites such as Netflix and watch one of the fantastic series they have available to watch, the first month is free, so if you’re on a tight budget you could use this service for a month free of charge. If you have a record facility on your TV then set it up to record some of the wonderful Channel 4 films, you will then be able to watch these throughout winter.
 
If you feel like venturing out into your garden, especially on bonfire night then you could make a bonfire with seating around just made from crates, or logs. Clear nights are also great for watching the night sky.