Ways to Feel Cozy in Your Home Away from Home This Holiday Season

With the holiday season approaching fast, it’s a little sad to sit in your dorm or apartment without your family. You’re just sitting in central Pennsylvania in the FREEZING cold. It can make you more homesick than usual. So, instead of being sad and lying in bed, decorate your living space to make it feel cozier and happier! 


Hang up some pretty lights! Whether they’re holiday or just plain fairy lights, they can help brighten your place up. Especially if you live in a dorm, not-so-jail-like lighting can be VERY comforting on a sad day. 


Make it festive! Run down to Target or Walmart and get some holiday themed decorations to put around your room. Festive decorating is always fun and it will help you get in the holiday spirit before you go home for winter break. Use wreaths, baby Christmas trees, snowflakes and definitely remember the lights. Decorating can also be a great stress reliever leading up to finals week!


Apart from the holidays, pictures are a perfect thing to hang up. Choose some with your favorite people, places, or pets in them. Pick happy ones with memories attached to them so that whenever you look at them you can’t help but smile! It is hard to go from seeing the people or animals in your lives every day to not seeing them for months on end. So, with pictures, it’s nice to at least see their faces on your wall every day. This always helps me to keep in touch with my family and friends too. When you see their picture, you think of them extra and even reach out to check on how they’re doing if you haven’t in a while. 


Make your room super cozy by getting some extra pillows and blankets too. Having an abundance of pillows to cuddle with is always a blessing. If you’re homesick enough, ask your family to ship you a blanket from home. That might sound strange, but having the smell of your house in your own place can be so nice -- even if it only lasts a couple of days. You could also ask them to send some of your favorite snacks, more pictures, or home-made cookies. 


Whatever it is you choose to do to make your living space cozier, I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season!