What does cozy mean to you?

A hot beverage on a cold day certainly makes things more cozy in my world.

As I am writing this I am coped up in my apartment with my daughter that is sick. She’s been ill since last Wednesday, no, she is not dying. First she had the winter vomiting disease (not fun!) and then it turned into a sore throat and fever. We took a Covid test yesterday and are waiting for the result. What does this have to do with cozy? Well, it’s not fun to be sick, but we are making the very best of the situation. (After the winter vomiting disease left us we are doing so much better, anything is manageable after that.)

A Christmas themed tray that I usually serve seasonal fruit and nuts on during the winter. The house pictured on the tray looks like the traditional houses in my region Dalarna (Sweden.)

It’s 8F outside, the world we see through our window is white, not so much snow yet, but frost. The frost is building up with new layers every day due to the cold. Everything is white. This past Sunday was the 1st of Advent, when you traditionally start decorating for Christmas in Sweden. They light up our town with beautiful decorations starting on the 1st of Advent. I haven’t seen what it looks like yet this year, since I am at home with my daughter, but I cannot wait to see the decorations as soon as she gets well.

I carried our Christmas decorations up from the storage unit in the house next doors, and we washed some Christmas themed tablecloths (we never have tablecloths the rest of the year,) and rinsed of the decorations in warm water (they were a little dusty.) My daughter thinks that the ritual of opening the boxes of Christmas decorations is magical. I think it’s rather cozy to transform our home to match the anticipation for Christmas. I am a minimalist, and I don’t overdo the decorations, but I do appreciate some Christmas feeling. 

Santa in my window
Advent lights in the center of my kitchen window, a very important Nordic Christmas tradition. Everyone have Advent lights. Greetings from Jack Frost on the outside. Yesterday the frost stayed on the windows until 2pm, the sunset was at 3pm..

My daughter told me a couple months ago that she don’t believe in Santa (or the Easter bunny) anymore. She did last year. She also said that she would be very disappointed if I didn’t pretend that he was real, she wanted to keep the magic even if she knows that Santa isn’t real. So while I was hanging up the stockings (not a Swedish tradition, but something we brought with us from the US,) I reminded both of my children that it is not allowed to touch the stockings, because if they do the magic disappears. My daughter kept a straight face and swore that she wouldn’t touch the stockings. LOL. 

Santas helper filled the stockings last night. Kids still haven’t noticed..

We haven’t decorated the Christmas tree yet, but if my daughter have enough energy today, or tomorrow we might do that. We were gifted a beautiful artificial tree last year, it’s going to be perfect for many years to come. Spending time with my family anticipating the holiday season is definitely a cozy time of the year for me. We are expecting more snow this weekend, and I believe the colder weather is here to stay, making things even cosier, as we bundle up with more layer of clothes. 

One of our Christmas themed tablecloths. God Jul = Merry Christmas.
Hot chocolate is a cozy treat on special occasions at our house.

This week I’m linking up with my friend Terri’s Sunday Stills, and the theme for the week is CozyWhat does cozy mean to you? While reading Terri’s post and some of the other participants post the appealing word got an even wider meaning to me. Still, the deepest meaning of the word in my world, would be stress-free time with loved ones. Tell me in a comment what cozy means to you, or write you own post about it. Feel free to leave a link to your post if you choose to write a post about it.



Published by Maria

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat; mind, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. I now reside in the region where I was born Dalarna, Sweden. I am a mom, a minimalist and a gardener. I'm also a kindergarten teacher with a dream of improving practices of teaching sustainability in kindergarten. To be able to engage in educational research I am working on my Degree of Master of Science, Main Field of Study: Educational Work. Love, Maria

15 thoughts on “What does cozy mean to you?

  1. Cozy is just being home on my favorite couch with a snack and a drink! It’s so cold up there, wow! The frost on the glass is beautiful though as are your decorations. I hope your daughter feels much better very soon, Maria. ❤️🙏🏻

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  2. I have to agree with your last statement that “cozy” should signify a stress-free feeling, Maria, something our US Christmases lack due to commercialism. I love your simple, yet fun and elegant decor and I love your advent candles. Something I need to get! While you enjoy(?) your dark, cozy, and frosty winter, for a couple of more days, here in Eastern WA, we are experiencing record-breaking high temps (57F). Snow will be back on Sunday! Beautiful post with your lovely images have a wonderful week. BTW, I was called to teach a kindergarten class yesterday as a substitute teacher! Fun but exhausting! I don;t know how you do it!

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  3. Cozy is knowing there are beautiful families appreciating life & sharing their joy, just like yours. I also love the hot choc with marshmallows although my marshmallow to choc ratio isn’t exactly correct & ends in choc spilling everywhere, lol. We all still get a present from Santa in our household, too much fun. Hope your treasure feels better soon. Love all your decorations I will be putting some of ours out today, fun fun.

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  4. Cozy is more a word for cold weather, than warm weather, I think, though one can feel cozy any time of year. I usually think of it being all snuggled in warm blankets on a cold night, or sitting near a warm fire, reading and drinking hot tea or chocolate, esp. if there is a storm raging outside. 🙂

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    1. Yes! Definitely a word one uses far more often during the winter. Little Miss H and I decorated our Christmas tree today, and then we snuggled up under a blanket and watched “A boy called Christmas”. That was cozy. What a sweet movie.

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  5. Cozy is a warm blanket, a warm mug of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Cozy is being with family in a warm house on a cold night. What a beautiful lovely post, I just Love it so MUCH!! ❤️ I’m sorry your sweet girl is still sick and am praying she gets better soon. She’s got the best Mom ever taking care of her while getting ready for this beautiful Christmas season. ❤️❤️❤️

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  6. Enjoy decorating for Christmas… it is a magical time of year.
    Cozy to me is a warm feeling we get that makes us feel good and comforted.
    Hope your daughter feels better and that you all can be cozy together!

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  7. Good to hear the stomach bug has left you! Isn’t this a lovely time of the year! I’ve only come halfway with my decorations, but will try to get organised over the next few days. My friends near Göteborg have lots of snow!


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