As the days grow shorter and the nights get colder in the run up to Christmas, it is essential to create a hygge atmosphere in your home to help overcome those winter blues and keep you full of Christmas cheer.
‘Hygge’ (pronounced hoo-guh) is a Danish word that describes ‘a mood of cosiness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.’
The concept of hygge is especially popular in Danish and Norwegian culture, but in recent years, it is growing in popularity all around the world, with books like The Little Book of Hygge topping bestseller lists and the word itself actually being the second most popular word of the year in the Collins Dictionary in 2016!
Although you can cultivate a hygge atmosphere at any time of year (I wrote previously about how to have a hygge summer!), winter is arguably the easiest time to get hygge, with crackling log fires, warm fuzzy socks and steaming mugs of thick hot chocolate.
With this in mind, I decided to put together a list of ways that you can enjoy a hygge night in this winter, so brew yourself a hot coffee, cosy up on the sofa and get reading!
8 Ways to Enjoy a Hygge Night in this Christmas
1. Dress the part
If you know anything about being hygge, you’ll know that comfort is key, and that begins with what you’re wearing! You should absolutely not be dressing up if you want to be hygge, and instead prioritise warmth and comfort.
Soft pyjamas and a fluffy dressing gown are ideal (with slippers of course!), but you can also put on some chunky knitwear and fuzzy socks if you prefer.
2. Get bubbly
No, I’m not talking about Champagne (although you can incorporate that too, if you like!). I’m talking about running a hot bath, using liberal amounts of lavender oil and throwing a cute bath bomb in to engulf you in bubbles.
Light some candles, pour yourself a glass of wine and bring a good book with you to enjoy a relaxing hygge night of self-indulgence.
3. Candles, candles, candles
I know we just touched on this, but candles are an essential part of your hygge home.
Buy some candles with beautiful festive scents (like this Yankee Candle Christmas Magic one) and have your home feeling super cosy in a matter of seconds.
You can check out Etsy’s wide range of Christmas candles here.
4. Play some board games
A key element of embracing hygge in your life is putting down your phone, turning off the PlayStation and spending time with your loved ones. Dig out some classic board games that you haven’t played in a while and make a night of it!
If you want my advice, my go-to game is Monopoly Deal. This spinoff from the classic Monopoly isn’t a board game (instead it’s just a deck of cards), but it’s super fun, super competitive, and suitable for all ages. I actually introduced my Albanian friends to Monopoly Deal in the summer and they became addicted!
5. Have a movie night in bed
I know I just said that having a hygge night in does not involve technology, but I think that snuggling up in bed for a movie night is an exception to the rule, as long as you do it right.
First, you have to make your bed as comfortable as humanly possible. I know that not all beds are created equal, but even if you don’t have the best mattress in the world, you can work with what you’ve got by using ALL of your extra pillows, bringing in ALL of the cushions in your home and layering up with different throws, blankets and quilts. (I actually wrote a post all about creating a hygge bedroom here if you’re interested!).
Once you’ve got your bed ready, light some candles (of course), switch on some fairy lights (it wouldn’t be a hygge Christmas without fairy lights!) and get a mountain of snacks ready, because of course, munching on some sweet treats is super hygge.
Lastly, you have to choose the right film. I’m a horror gal through and through, but horror does not exactly scream (pun definitely intended) hygge does it? Your movie choice should be whimsical, feel good and wholesome.
Seeing as it’s the festive season, The Holiday is always a safe bet for hygge Christmas viewing.
6. Hot drinks
What could be more hygge than a hot drink?
Whether your beverage of choice is a creamy hot chocolate with all the toppings, a comforting mug of English breakfast tea or a rich mulled wine, your hygge night in is not complete without a steaming mug of something clasped between your fingers.
7. Bake gingerbread
Baking your own cookies or gingerbread is hygge for a number of reasons.
First, er, you get to eat homemade gingerbread.
Second, you’ll be able to smell the gorgeous smells wafting throughout your home all day, and third, you will be able to share it with your friends and family, and what could be more hygge than presenting your room mate with a plate of warm gingerbread when they get in from work, or gifting a box to your neighbour?
8. Slow comfort food
While we’re on the topic of food, the most hygge food is homemade, slow cooked and hearty. Think pots of chilli con carne or goulash simmering on the stove, shepherd’s pie or a winter vegetable and lentil soup.
Whatever you prepare, make sure to enjoy it with your loved ones, away from distractions like social media and the television.
Having a Hygge Night in | Final Thoughts
Whether your idea of cosiness is running a warm bath and escaping their with a good book for an hour, or getting the whole family round to play Monopoly in your Christmas jumpers, this article will hopefully have given you some pointers on how to enjoy a hygge Christmas in some of the most simple ways.
I hope you enjoyed this article – if you have any thoughts or tips around creating a hygge Christmas in your home, let me know in the comments section below!
Until next time,
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