I saw this post on Instagram earlier this month and it has stuck with me:
And yet December is often our most busy month. As Ontario (and other parts of Canada) are discouraging plans with other people, I guess it's time to start getting cozy at home at least for the next few weeks. It may be a long winter so give yourself a break if you're feeling overwhelmed.
I'm a fan of hygge (Danish concept of being cozy) books and lists but I find some of the things are hard to incorporate, I never remember to light a candle or buy flowers, for example, but I like to have "cozy" thing that we can do as a family. Some of those recent things we have done are:
Teaching E to play some Christmas songs on the piano
Walking around the block after supper to see the Christmas lights (glass of wine for the parents optional)
Doing a puzzle
Enjoying an egg nog (with or without rum)
I also try to remember that even if we do these things for 10 or 15 minutes, it all adds up and it doesn't need to be a full evening of doing the same activity. That works better for a family that includes small children :)