If you read my November Favorites you may remember hearing about Hygge (n.: the Danish art of taking joy in the simple things). Well, the time has finally come for me to dive right in and show you how you can implement hygge into this holiday season, so get excited! But first, let me give you a bit of background. Hygge is a practice that the Danish developed to make the most out of their lives and implement gratitude for the simple things. Hygge focuses on the feelings of coziness and contentment, and what better time of the year for this than one when you’re surrounded by friends and family! After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year!
Time with Friends and Family
One of the biggest parts of hygge is spending time with the people that you love. This holiday season, make time for the people you haven’t gotten to see much of this past year. Have fun with it, arrange a movie marathon, or have a big bonfire. Some of my favorite holiday memories are the ones where my friends and I would make gingerbread houses–well they normally equated to the after-effects of a hurricane–and then go caroling together through our neighborhood (Dear Neighbors, thank you for putting up with our tone-deaf version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer).
You’ve probably heard of the saying “the gift of giving,”, and that’s part of what hygge is all about. Making homemade gifts is a great way to de-stress and let your creative side show; it’s also super meaningful and sure to be a hit with whomever you’re gifting to! There’s nothing better than giving, or receiving, a gift that is incredibly personalized and well-crafted.
It’s winter and the temperature is dropping fast, so get cozy with your favorite sweaters. If you know me, you probably know that I have way too many sweaters for a Floridian–seriously it’s borderline unhealthy–but what can I say? Nothing screams cozy liked being wrapped in an oversized sweater. But hey, don’t stop there, hygge it up with sweatpants and fuzzy socks. Or if you’re really determined, like I am, invest in a Polar Bear onesie.
Winter is a time where you can stuff your face and not feel guilty about it! After all, you do have a whole six months to work on that summer bod. So, don’t be afraid to indulge in your favorite winter treats, like sugar cookies and popcorn. Even better, curl up with a warm drink, my drink of choice is chai lattes, but hot chocolate and eggnog are always good calls.
Hygge is all about showing gratitude for the things you have, and nature is one of them. During winter it’s tempting to seek comfort in the warmth of a blanket fort, but let’s not forget it’s one of the most beautiful times of the year. Throw on your ski boots and a warm jacket, or five, and get outside. You can choose to go skiing, make snow angels, or, for my fellow Floridians, hit the waves at the beach.
Despite the holidays being a time to spend with family and friends, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, which makes self-care extremely important. Some easy ways to practice self-care are by having a spa day while reading your favorite book or by watching your favorite movie. You can also throw on the perfect hygge playlist to amp up the relaxing vibes.
Make your Space Cozy
One of the biggest things I’ve learned this year about self-care is that your space drastically affects your mood. So this holiday season bring hygge into your room! I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about this because I have a whole blog post dedicated to it! But some of the ways I would suggest making your space cozier is by lighting candles and bringing in tons of comfy blankets; The more snuggly the better!
Let me know what your plans are to implement hygge into this holiday season in the comments below!