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As winter and Christmas approaches, and with the temperatures dropping in “sunny old England,” it’s crucial to prioritise our well-being. Therefore, I have jotted down some tips and tricks to ensure everyone can stay happy and healthy during the chilly seasons to come. Before we get into that, I have some details just below on the festive happenings around Woodford Halse during the Christmas holidays.

What Is Happening Around Woodford Halse For Christmas? 

For starters, there is the Christmas Tractor Run! A festive fairy-light fleet of tractors will take to the roads to spread the Christmas cheer and to raise money for the Katharine House Hospice charity. This festive event will be held on Saturday 16th of December, so save the date! You can find a bit more information here:  

The library is excited about celebrating the festive season with all of you. Throughout December, they’ll be offering Christmas crafting for children at the library’s craft table, so feel free to drop by whenever you like.

Explore their collection of Christmas books currently showcased. Step inside and find inspiration for festive food, or simply pick up a Christmas-themed book for a peaceful moment of escape. Keep an eye on the library’s Facebook page for details as the dates approach:

Our community is growing, and the library is thrilled to welcome new faces to their Rhyme Time sessions every Tuesday afternoon from 14:30 pm to 15:00 pm during term time. It’s a fantastic opportunity to connect with others and have some fun singing and dancing with your little ones.   

How Can We Stay Happy and Healthy In the Colder Months? 



Dressing up in layers is a great way to trap heat and stay warm, maybe start with a comfy thermal and then add on another layer, top that with a windproof or waterproof coat for the outdoors and you’ll be sorted. Don't forget a good hat, gloves, and a scarf to protect yourself. When snuggling on the sofa, a warm pair of pyjamas, a dressing gown, fluffy socks and slippers are a must!

Staying Active

As most of you know, physical activity generates body heat, so try to stay active even during the winter months. Activities like brisk walks, hiking, or indoor exercise can help you keep warm and boost your mood and mindset. Remember not to hibernate completely during the winter (even though we all want to). Spend some time outdoors, even if it's just for a short walk. Fresh air and a change of scenery can do wonders for your well-being. Here is a link below for you to copy and paste that show some of the best walks in and around Woodford Halse.

Insulating Your Home

Ensure your home is well-insulated to prevent drafts and heat loss. Seal any gaps around windows and doors and consider using draft excluders to keep the cold air out. Thick curtains can also help to trap warmth in your home.

Hot Beverages

Warm up from the inside out with hot drinks. Enjoy a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or a soothing bowl of soup. These beverages can help maintain your body temperature- and who doesn’t like a lovely hot chocolate with marshmallows on top (yum).

Electric Blankets and Heated Throws

Using electric blankets or heated throws to keep your bed warm at night is a brilliant way to keep the cost down, they are energy-efficient and can make a significant difference in your comfort during cold nights. Keep a selection of warm blankets and throws around your living spaces, just in case! Don’t forget to wrap yourself in a cosy blanket while watching TV or reading a book to stay toasty.

Space Saving Heaters

If you have specific areas in your home that are colder than others, consider using a portable space heater. Be sure to follow safety guidelines when using them, such as keeping flammable materials away and turning them off when not in use. Low in cost- another great way to keep warm.

Maintain a Warm and Healthy Diet

Consuming warm, hearty foods can help your body stay warm. Opt for meals like stews, casseroles, and roasted vegetables. The warmth from the food can be quite comforting and to get all the nutrients you need, make sure to keep a balanced diet and get the calories you need for the day.

Enjoy The Fireplace or Radiators

Radiators can provide a significant source of heat. Make sure your heating systems are in good working order before you use them. ‘Bleeding’ your radiators with the heating system off is very important to get any unnecessary air out, once you have done this it is safe to put your heating system on again.

If you have a fireplace, make use of it for both warmth and ambience. There is nothing quite like sitting in front of the fire, on a cold frosty night with a warm dinner and a hot cuppa (or some mould wine for the adults!).


Stay Social

Socialising with family and friends during the winter season can be a delightful and heartwarming experience. It provides a sense of togetherness and comfort that helps combat the often gloomy and cold atmosphere associated with this time of year. Keep yourself socialising this winter, but also remember to have some downtime too.

Practice Self-Care

Winter can sometimes bring on feelings of low energy and mood. Be sure to take care of your mental health by practising self-care, such as relaxation, meditation, and mindfulness. From going outside and sitting in the sun, to having a pedicure, there are so many ways of self-care you can practise. I have a helpful link with ideas on this here:

By following these tips and tricks, you can stay warm, happy, and healthy during these colder months, embrace the cosiness of winter, and make the most of the season!  

A Thank You From Me 

I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude to any of you who took the time to read my blog. Your support means the world to me, and I am genuinely thankful for the opportunity to share my thoughts, ideas, and experiences with you. I look forward to continuing to provide useful content for you all, if any advice is needed for your property in the winter months to come, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. 

Once again, thank you for being a part of this journey with me. 

Credit to Peter Paynton for the wonderful winter photos of Woodford!