• Java Logs. We like to use these clean-burning firelogs, though they're more expensive than Duraflames or plain old wood. They don't give off a ton of heat (don't need too much in coastal California), but they're pretty and long-lasting.
• A British mini-series. Some kind of period piece that extends over several hours is required. The BBC's Pride and Prejudice is our old standby.
• Fleece blankets. They're less pricey than cashmere, but just as soft (okay, well maybe not just as soft) and machine-washable. I like the botanical designs from David Fussenegger.
• Cribbage board. Cribbage is the perfect game for a long night at home; you can get a little tournament going, and it requires just enough thought and engagement to stay interesting, but not enough to make you drowsy.
Please weigh in below! What are your own favorite things for settling down to a cozy night in?
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