Like the Clauses, you could consider the Clouses Christmas experts of sorts. “It’s a joke in our family that we decorate like a Hallmark Christmas movie set,” Lindsey Clouse says. “Everything has to be covered, and we go overboard. We love Christmas, and so we’re one of those annoying families that decorates really early.”
This past Christmas, Lindsey and her husband Keith had an extra cozy backdrop to deck out. As a 40th anniversary gift to Keith’s parents, the extended Clouse family gathered at their mom and dad’s recreational cabin for a festive weekend. The result was eight adults and seven kids cozied up in a four-bed 1,600-square-foot home.
Lindsey and Keith arrived at the cabin early to start decorating, although, with the paneled walls and retro stove, the first floor was already overflowing with hygge. They set up a hot chocolate bar with every topping imaginable and customizable mugs, strung popcorn to hang and found a place for everyone’s stocking. “We put Christmas in every corner that we could, so I think that had a lot to do with the coziness of it,” Lindsey says.