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Have Yourself a Hygge Little Christmas

This year we have been focusing on simplifying designs and creating spaces that families will make more moments and memories in. We’re talking about incorporating some hygge into homes and lifestyles.

If you haven’t heard of hygge, then it’s time you have. The simple definition of Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Scandinavian concept of happiness and being cozy, but hygge is so much more than that. It’s a feeling, a moment and an experience. It’s a of a state of mind; a way of removing the hustle, slowing down, being present and appreciating the simple joys of life. What better time to incorporate Hygge into your home and lifestyle than the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas!

These are just a few ways you can have a very Hygge Holiday!

Add Texture to Your Resting Spaces.

Make your space cozier and more comfortable by adding soft, fluffy textures. Add a throw blanketa chunky knit throw or some faux fur to chairs, couches and beds. It will encourage rest and relaxation.

Eliminate What You Don’t Love

Hygge is very similar to the minimalist movement in that a hygge home tries to eliminate clutter and chaos to promote a more relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Keep what makes you happy and trash what doesn’

Display your Treasures

Making your home more hygge includes displaying the things that make you happy or awaken happy memories. Photos, books and collectibles that make you happy should be made visible so that when you enter your room, you will see what you love.

Spend Time by the Fireplace

Lighting is an important element for hygge and fireplaces create that perfect kind of glow. The smell, sounds of the crackling flames, and warmth add to the effect, giving just about all your senses a warm and fuzzy feeling. Sitting by the fireplace also requires you to stop moving, relax for a bit, and just enjoy the moment.

Decorate Your Tree as a Family

Lighting. Nature. Family time. Nostalgia. Christmas spirit. Decorating your Christmas tree as a family is a great way to hygge. If you’ve got kids, you’re also passing on a beautiful tradition to them and helping to create what will one day be that amazing nostalgic feeling.

Christmas Music and Movies

While decorating with the family have some of your favorite Christmas music or movies playing! To make the evening more hygge-ish, make sure you’ve got some hot cocoa, some warm blankets, and start a fire if you’ve got a fireplace.

And if you don’t know what to watch, try out some of these Christmas classics:

  • Miracle on 34th Street

  • A Christmas Story

  • Home Alone

  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

I love snuggling up on the couch by the fireplace and watching my favorite classics and experiencing my little ones excitement with Rudolph and the Grinch.

 

Make Hot Chocolate and Cookies

Snuggling up with hot cocoa and the smell of fresh, warm cookies is where it’s at on the holidays! The holiday season is filled with so many drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic that are oh so delish, but what’s really important is that you drink to be happy and appreciate the moment!

Here are some great holiday drinks that are naturally infused with hygge:

  • Eggnog

  • Hot cocoa

  • Warm spiced cider

  • Peppermint mocha

Hygge is found in special occasion indulgences and if the opportunity presents itself for those indulgences to be homemade, you’re even closer to Danish happiness.  So, as you can imagine, homemade Christmas cookies are the perfect expression of hygge.  If you bake them with friends or family, even better!

Lights and Candles

Christmas lights and candles create an atmosphere of calm serenity and warmth. We love to use candles not only to make my home smell good, but to help us relax and enjoy the simple pleasure of the ambiance of our space.