When talking about winter, one doesn’t usually imagine warm and sunny weather and a green lawn. But even if there is no snow in sight, it doesn’t mean that it’s not still winter in Southern California and that people are not excited about the season.
You don’t need cold and snow to have a “real” winter. You can be at home in your bikini around the pool! As long as you are with friends and the winter excitement is high, you can enjoy winter no matter where you are.
- Make things cozy
Just because California doesn’t get snowy doesn’t mean it doesn’t get cold! The best way to feel the winter spirit is to fully lean into it and make your home as cozy as possible in preparation for winter.
Get your fireplace ready and roaring, with plenty of firewood to last the season. Nothing makes a home feel cozier than a burning fireplace. If you don’t have a real one, it’s worth using a fake one or even a digital one online – it makes all the difference.
Pile on the pillows and blankets on your couch and chairs to add both visual interest and depth to a room, as well as make it feel warmer and more welcoming. Nothing says winter like layering blankets while you watch your winter favorites huddled together with the whole family.
As for details, seasonal candles are your secret weapon. They make the place feel warmer and cozier, and you can get your home smelling like fresh snow, a crackling fire, trees, or anything else that says winter.
- Decorate the entire house
Arguably, everyone’s favorite part of winter is decorating their homes, and that is not something that is weather-dependent. You can make sure that you’re bringing winter to every corner of the house.
Fake snow is easy to come by and a quick way to make your windows look frozen and covered in flakes for that picture-perfect cozy winter home vibe. You can even put out a fake snowman to brighten up your yard.
As for the inside, there are plenty of ways to bring the season in. Silver and metallic accents are great for this, because they really create that frozen look, and red, brown and gold are great thematic colors to warm up the place.
Opt for layering thick, rich fabrics like velvet, wool, and fur in order to really create that deep winter feeling. Use pinecones and bare branches to decorate around your home – on the mantelpiece, on the coffee table, in the hallway – they can be the cohesive element that brings all the rooms together.
- Incorporate traditions
Traditions and outdoor activities are a big part of what makes the winter season feel special, so do not overlook this vital part that children look forward to every year. You can partake in all the traditional events like baking cookies, walking around the neighborhood to see the lights, or drinking apple cider and hot chocolate.
But since there is no sledding to be had or snowmen to be made, you can also create your own traditions within your own family or friend group. Maybe it’s a special kind of cake you only make in the winter, or a special song you all sing, or a trip you make around this time of year. No matter what it is, it’s important to hold onto it and bring it back year after year. That’s what makes winter special in your home.
- Fake it till you make it
If you don’t think it’s real winter unless it’s a white one, that can be arranged. Yes, even in Southern California. In recent years, people have taken to using fake snow to decorate their yards in a show of winter spirit.
If you want to take it even further, you can rent a portable ice rink. Is it over the top? Yes. But it also brings some excitement to the neighborhood. Especially if your family is originally from a place with colder winters, they might miss these classic wintertime activities, so why not give them the gift of nostalgia?
It’s true that you don’t need snow and ice to enjoy wintertime, but it’s good fun to have some fake one to play with and take some amazing pictures. The photos and memories from this special season will last forever, and especially if you have kids, it will make for a pretty unforgettable and brag-worthy winter.
- Take advantage of the weather
Having nice weather should not be a deterrent; on the contrary, you should be making the most of what you have. In other places, people are having to cozy up inside in front of the fire, but sunny weather means that you can have a wonderful winter tradition of barbecuing outside! Imagine a lovely barbecue or picnic with the whole family, complete with winter decorations. You get to dress up in winter gear, but still play out in the sun.
You can even have a pool party with all your friends and neighbors. Serve mulled wine instead of cocktails and make sure you keep the fruitcake coming. Just because you can’t go sledding doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy spending time outside this winter season. You may even be able to organize a wonderful winter beach party. Think outside the box, and create the best winter fun with what you have.
Winter is most people’s favorite season and it deserves to be given the proper appreciation, no matter where that is, or how sunny it is. You can bring the winter spirit in your home even in Southern California, and all you need to do is make sure you’re keeping this spirit alive and well.
Start by making your home winter-ready with seasonally appropriate decorations and ramp up the coziness. If you need an extra nudge, you can even use fake snow to push it over the top. Creating winter traditions is what’s going to get everyone excited for the season, so make sure to take advantage of what you have and make lemonade by enjoying your sunny winter weather!
This article was contibuted with kindness by Anthony Moretti, and I thank him for these great winter suggestions!