12 Ways to Celebrate National Cuddle Up Day

Settle in for a night of guilt-free relaxation.

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Though I just discovered National Cuddle Up Day this year, I think it’s earned a spot in my top five favorite holidays. It’s not every day you’re given a totally legitimate reason to hit the sofa at 5 p.m. — and stay there all night. There are health benefits involved, too. Cuddling releases the hormone oxytocin, which reduces pain and gives you the warm fuzzies. And when it’s this cold outside, we could all use a dose of the warm fuzzies.

I’m sharing 12 ideas to make your cuddle sesh top notch. So, beat the cold temperatures and embrace #nationalcuddleupday.

Pull Out All the Faux-Fur Things

faux fur throws

Faux-Fur Throws

A pile of super cozy faux-fur throws are just the thing to keep the chill off in outdoor spaces.

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Pottery Barn

Cuddling requires all the fuzzy, furry, soft things you can find. Locate those faux-fur blankets and pillows, and put them to good use. Lacking in the faux-fur department? Do some online shopping while you’re at it.

Simmer Stovetop Scents

Cook up an aroma that’s as warm and sweet as your snuggle session. Try one of our 11 easy stovetop scent recipes.

Light Candles

Cozy home. Candles, book and cup of tea


Cozy home. Candles, book and cup of tea

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Candles create instant ambience. Their soft glow will help set the tone for a relaxing evening.

Make Warm Cocktails

Pouring Brandy into Serving Bowl

Add Brandy and Serve

Before serving, add brandy , then gently reheat the mulled wine until right before it begins to simmer.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Take the chill off with some toasty, tasty cocktails.

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Make Soup or Stew

A cozy night in calls for a hearty bowl of soup or stew. Try one of these five healthy recipes that won’t interfere with your New Year’s resolution.

Put Your Slow Cooker to Use

Crock Pot Cooking

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Man Topper

Step 1 - Combine Ingredients in Crock Pot Set slow cooker to the low or warm setting. Combine all ingredients for hot chocolate into the slow cooker and stir together.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn, FlynnsideOut

Brian Patrick Flynn, FlynnsideOut

If you’d rather not move from your sofa, throw dinner or dessert (because I won’t judge you for eating dessert in place of dinner on a night such as this) in the slow cooker before you plop down. Get 12 easy, delicious slow cooker recipes.

Hang String Lights

Contemporary Neutral Living Area With Black Sofa and White Rug

Cozy Family Room Features Playful Lighting

Whimsical lighting steals the show in this cozy family room. Behind the sofa, string lights gracefully adorn the wall, and above the armchair, a lighted art installation adds a cool, crisp pattern to the space.

Photo by: Claire Esparros for Homepolish

Claire Esparros for Homepolish

Feeling a bit sad about taking down your holiday decor? Consider hanging string lights like these for a cozy but stylish living room update.

Decorate Your Mantel for Winter

Fireplace Mantle with Artwork, Candles and Pinecones

Contemporary Black and White Fireplace Decor With Natural Elements

Bright whites and simple natural elements dress up this winter mantel display . Terra-cotta pots painted in metallic colors add shine, as do the glitter highlights on pine cones gathered from the woods. Candles and lanterns provide a warm glow, great for cold winter nights.

Photo by: Jessica Wangelin

Jessica Wangelin

I have this slightly obsessive quality where I can’t quite relax in a space until I’m satisfied with the decor. If you happen to share this compulsion, you might want to decorate your mantel for winter before you cuddle up. Or you might not, which is totally fine, too.

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Make Scented Pinecone Fire Starters

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If you have a fireplace, you should most definitely have a fire (see next idea). And if you’re going to have a fire, you should most definitely make these scented pinecone fire starters. Because, scented pinecones = yum.

Have a Fire

Eclectic Living Room With Pink Accents

Pink Eclectic Living Room With Fireplace

Natural light fills this bright, eclectic living room that combines Hollywood Regency elements. The brick wall with fireplace and mirror become a focal point when flanked by custom built in bookcases and space for firewood.

Is there anything cozier than a crackling fire in the fireplace?

Cuddle Up With Your Dog + Cat

Dog on Blue-and-White Upholstered Chair

Fall Color Palettes Include Blue and White

These sophisticated color combinations are current, yet welcoming and familiar, just like the season.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

National Cuddle Up Day is the perfect day to love on your furry friends.

Knit Something While You’re Cuddled


While you’re curled up on your sofa binge-watching Netflix, keep your hands busy with a knitting project. Or, get started on that 2017 resolution and read a new book. Whatever you do, enjoy those cuddles!

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