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9 Ways to Survive the End of Daylight Saving Time

With winter creeping up on us, the days get shorter, the evening commute gets darker and daylight saving time has officially ended, meaning the sun sets earlier and earlier. 

But losing that precious hour of daylight in the evening doesn’t mean we have to live in a dark, depressing stupor until spring.

Gaining an extra hour of sleep, and watching the sun rise earlier are both added bonus to turning our clocks back one hour. But if you find yourself pining for the longer, sunnier days of summer, there are ways to make the most of impending winter. And if all else fails, book a vacation to a sunny, tropical destination (travel deals are insane right now).


1. Get up an Hour Earlier

While your body is adjusting to the new time change, you will naturally want to get up about an hour earlier than you usually do. Take advantage of this, and set your alarm for an hour before your normal wakeup time. Spend your extra time reading the newspaper and enjoying a good cup of coffee. Or hit the gym for an invigorating morning workout. Taking some “me” time before a full day of work or busy errands will put you in a good mood and set the tone for the rest of the day


2. Enjoy the Sunrise

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Even though the sun goes down an hour earlier than before, it also rises an hour earlier. While you’re up from your internal clock anyway, go for a morning walk and enjoy the beautiful sunrise. Or have your cup of coffee out on the front porch, wrapped in a warm blanket and comfy sweats and watch the sun slowly come up. Embrace the early morning sunshine while it lasts, before the days get too short. 


3. Invest in a Stylish Lamp

Since your evenings will be almost completely dark – the sun will most likely be set by the time you get home anyway – make sure you light your home in a way that’s not only cozy, but also chic. You’ll be brightening your space for months, so make sure it’s something you’ll love to look at and want to use all throughout winter. We love the Ribbon Red Ovo Table Lamp from Lamps Plus.


4. Light Some Scented Candles

To brighten your space even further, light some scented candles to add some homey brightness in the dead of winter, and add a touch of fresh scent to make you feel comfortable and cozy in the dark months. We love Agraria Woven Crystal Candles, especially in bitter orange. The fresh scent is the perfect combination of the holiday season and summery citrus. Plus, the jar is beautiful, and makes for a lovely addition to seasonal decor. 


5. Change our your Smoke Detector Batteries

OK, this isn’t really a way to “make the most” of Daylight Saving ending, but it’s what the fire department recommends (and you will be lighting all those scented candles), so don’t forget to do that.


6. Mix a Delicious Cocktail

We’re all for finding really any excuse to mix up a cocktail, so there’s no better time than the end of Daylight Saving Time to pour a yummy cold weather drink. Try our Spiked Hot Chocolate, which is a comforting and chocolaty treat to heat your body up and embrace the impending winter months. 


7. Make a Batch of Yummy Cookies


While you're getting ready for the winter months (and holiday season), test out a Christmas cookie recipe you've been dying to try. With an extra hour to enjoy, and a few weeks left until that Christmas cookie swap party, make a big batch of cookies to fill your house with a comforting smell, and get excited for the holidays. Our Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies go perfectly with our spiked hot chocolate. 


8. Change Over Your Halloween Decorations to Thanksgiving Décor

With Halloween officially over, now is a good time to keep your pumpkins (if they haven’t rotted yet) and fall leaf decorations to use for your Thanksgiving décor. Even through you’ll put your faux cobwebs and skeletons in storage, you can keep your mini pumpkins and gourds for another few weeks. Carve your big gourds to make DIY candle holders, or paint your mini pumpkins for some added bling and chic décor.


9. Go to Bed Earlier

Just like getting up an hour earlier, your body is still adjusting to the new time change, and you’ll probably feel tired sooner than usual. Take advantage of this and go to bed sooner. The extra Zzzs will make you feel fully rested and refreshed. 

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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