Hygge for the Holidays

A couple of years ago I seriously got into Hygge. Hygge is a Scandinavian term for comfort. Hygge is all about how to make you and your home experience comfort. I think this holiday season more than most, with the year we’ve had we could all use some Hygge in our lives. Here are some tips on how to add more hygge to your holiday season.

Add Candles and twinkle lights everywhere!

One of the biggest ways to create that cozy comfort is to add mood lighting. According to Meik Wiking, author of The Little Book of Hygge, when is asked about hygge an overwhelming 85% of Danes immediately think of candles. Candles give off a warm glow and therefore make it a more cozy environment. If you’re not a fan of candles, hang twinkle lights and soft warm lights. Romantic lighting = cozy lighting.

Dress for casual comfort

Comfortable bulky sweaters. Puffy soft wool socks. Scarves and warm layers. Hygge is about feeling warm and comfortable. Find those items in your closet which you want to envelop yourself in. What are those go-to’s in your closet? If you’ve got nowhere to go don your favorite robe and enjoy the comfort of your favorite pajamas.

Home decor

In the home, you want to keep seeing that theme of comfort cozy. You can create that look with big fluffy throw rugs,  blankets, and pillows. You want the space to feel lived in, not sterile. Look for items that are vintage or made of wood to add as accent pieces. Books and games should reside in your house and be out for people to want to engage in.

Another way to add more hygge to your home is to create a nook. An area that invites you to sit and stay awhile. It could be a corner where you’ve placed your favorite big comfy chair or maybe it’s a window seat that you’ve added pillows and blankets to. Whatever you create, create something that people will want to spend time in.

Get-togethers

Hygge is big on spending time with friends and family. Playing board games together or just sitting and talking. Too often in today’s world, we are consumed with technology and forget to spend time with those we love. Surround yourself with those people who mean the world to you. Those people who give you comfort and make you feel safe. That also is hygge and what a better time to spend time with loved ones than during the holidays.

Food

We all have go-to foods that comfort us. Those are hygge foods. Anything that is warm and comforting. Tea, hot chocolate, creamy soup, good bread….these are a few of my favorite hygge foods. There is nothing better for me than a good hot cup of tea…anytime. During the holidays provide food that is good for the soul, whatever that means for you. It could be cakes and cookies or bread and soup.

Think of all things comfy and cozy

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Think of whatever makes you comfortable, warm, and safe. It’s those things that will add to your hygge for the holidays. Anytime you can be comfortable, and in the presents of family and friends who love you, you will find hygge. What are some of the things that give you joy? That gives you a big warm fuzzy feeling in your heart? What are some things that you do during the holidays that you can continue into the rest of the year to provide hygge all year long? Let me know in the comments. Until next time.

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