With more and more people talking about the Danish concept of Hygge, it seems only natural that we should be embracing Hygge at Christmas. In this blog I’ll show you how to enjoy a cosy Christmas time with a touch of Hygge.
I first discovered Hygge last Christmas. I’d just moved into my new home, having completed only 2 weeks prior to Christmas day. Having moved into a new, magnolia washed home, I felt somewhat lost and imposter-like. I was desperate to create a cosy atmosphere, so scoured the web for ideas. I came across an adorable e-book, that was free to download, all about Hygge. It was perfect and had me completely hooked.
It was this idea of a cosy, simple life that allowed me to enjoy Christmas on a tight budget (having spent a fortune on legal fees and furniture) in a home I didn’t quite yet recognise as my own. The simplicity of a cup of coffee in snuggly socks and the fire on made a huge difference to my wellbeing.
This year Hygge is becoming a household term, with more and more media outlets and blogs talking about their Hygge rituals. So why not enjoy Hygge at Christmas with some of these cosy ideas?
Hygge at home
For me, the home is where Hygge begins. That cosy feeling we get from a lit fire and warm lighting is absolute bliss. At the weather gets colder why not add some extra blankets to the main living area of your home? You can pick them up at a reasonable price online. My family and I love to snuggle up under our fluffy blankets and watch cosy wintery movies together.
Add gorgeous wintery scented candles to the main living areas. Or a safer option such as electric wax melt burners. Try fragrances such as apple and cinnamon, vanilla, pine, or even mulled wine! I have a huge collection of scented candles and wax melts that I’ve picked up at a great price from local shops and online retailers. You certainly don’t need to spend a fortune on them!
Home cooked meals are a Hygge essential for me. Keep a clean, functional kitchen and you’ll enjoy cooking healthy warming meals for your family on a daily basis. There is nothing Hygge about ordering a takeaway (with the exception of picking up fish and chips after an evening walk).
Hygge in the bedroom
Your bedroom should be a cosy and inviting haven. Ensure your bedding is inviting, throw out anything that doesn’t look or feel right for you. Ensure you have warm and pretty pyjamas complete with cosy bed socks. Don’t over clutter your room with too many products or accessories.
Consider adding a fluffy rug to your bedroom, particularly if you have a wooden floor. You’ll be thankful when your feet first touch the floor in the morning. Keep a hot water bottle to hand to use during the coldest of nights, when even your duvet and pyjamas won’t protect you from the chilly nights.
I like to add my favourite cosy reads to my bedside table during the winter months. I tend to retire to bed much earlier when it gets cold. Reading by lamplight is the perfect way to end a busy day. It helps me to wind down and fully relax. And lamps are essential. Use a warm bulb that’s not too bright to give that cosy atmosphere for Hygge at Christmas time. Sleep as late as you possibly can and make the most of the dark mornings.
Essentials for a Hygge evening
- Hot chocolate
A Hygge evening for me isn’t complete without a steaming mug of hot chocolate! I love to top mine with whipped cream and as many marshmallows as I can fit. If I fancy making it ‘adult’ I’ll add a shot of Baileys to my mug.
- Casserole or stew with mashed potatoes
The ultimate in comfort food for me. A warming casserole or stew fills the tummy in the nicest way possible. And make sure your mashed potatoes are made with plenty of cream and butter.
Hygge at Christmas is best enjoyed with your family. Whether you’re watching a movie together or playing fun board games, being together is the most important thing.
I’ve already mentioned cosy blankets, but they’re so important I wanted to remind you! Get them out and get snuggly!
- Old Movies
I love watching cosy old movies like It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street. Make time to watch something for the whole family and prepare some homemade popcorn to go with it.
Hygge at Christmas for the family
At Christmas, I like to really embrace the festivities the most December comes around. A good Hygge at Christmas is warm, inviting, and loving. At my home, we always opt to have an intimate Christmas day. We spend it as an immediate family and at home.
We eat a traditional Christmas dinner together, play games, laugh, talk, and enjoy each others company. Our home is always beautifully decorated, with a stunning Christmas tree. We warmed mulled wine in our slow cooker, and the aroma envelops our home.
My plan for Christmas this year
Gift giving is done in the morning. I’m blessed to have children who don’t wake up at the crack of dawn, however, we alway leave a stocking for them just in case they decide to change their habits! The rest of the gifts sit under the Christmas tree. We open the gifts together and then enjoy a family breakfast.
After breakfast we have an anything goes policy for a few hours. For me, that’s normally a long soak in the tub with some spiced apple scented bubbles. The children usually want to play with their gifts. As does my husband!
We cook together, with our favourite festive tunes playing in the background. The key theme for the day, however, is that we’re relaxed and happy. It is a day on our terms.
After dinner this year we’ll likely walk the dog. This year we adopted a Siberian Husky from a local rescue centre. It will be her first Christmas with us and we will be spoiling her!
A Hygge Christmas evening for us is spent catching up on TV Christmas specials and playing board games. We try to find the most random of Christmas specials we can! Usually, we’ll record them on the TiVo so we can watch what we want when we want. It’s important to have a day on our terms.
I hope you all have a lovely day and find a way to introduce a little Hygge at Christmas. Spend time with those you love the most, and in a way you choose to. Choose to spend the day with those you love the most, whether that be your immediate family, your friends, your other half, or the whole family!
If you’d like to find out more about Hygge, check out my online store. I’ve curated some of the lovely things we use in our Hygge lifestyle.