Creating and enjoying Christmas hygge (pronounced hoo-gaa) at Christmas is a must !!
If you read my blog regularly you know how much I love the Danish concept and all that it brings. You may think that I’m jumping onto the latest bangwaggon when it comes to Hygge and yes Hygge is a very “in” at the moment but for me it really is all about the things I love and have always loved in my life, but now have a word to associate it with.
Christmas Hygge is not something you can really explain. Its not just one thing or feeling, its the way we live our life and it’s the traditions we make and create. I think that’s why I love it so much, it’s abut creating your own happiness.
Christmas is the time when all of these things and feelings come together and is the perfect time to bring a little Christmas Hygge to you and your family. So I thought I would share 12 days of Christmas Hygge and traditions and ways we like to enjoy our count down to Christmas.
12 Days of Christmas Hygge
Day 1 Twinkle lights
Nothing says Christmas Hygge than twinkle lights. I love to sit and watch the Christmas lights flickering on the Christmas tree. We have so many different fairy lights around the house it’s a running joke with my husband as to who’s turn them all off at night.
Day 2 Christmas socks
We always buy Christmas socks and what better way to get cosy than with a brand new pair of fluffy Christmas socks. I usually buy the kids a pair to include in their advent calendar or Christmas eve hamper.
Day 3 Hot chocolate and marshmallows and mulled wine
When getting outdoors in winter we often take a flask of hot chocolate along with us to enjoy and keep us warm. If not we will enjoy one once we are home to help us warm up. There is something very comforting about sitting and enjoying a hot chocolate at Christmas time. Just before bed on Christmas eve the kids always enjoy a hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows.
Mulled wine warming on the stove and the smell of the spiced fruit drifting through the house is very Hygge and Christmassy too, I start having mulled wine from around Halloween and continue all way through to new year it really does give a warm and cosy feeling. It’s a great drink to have in ready to warm up and serve to friends.
Day 4 Movie night
We might have seen most of the Christmas movies just a few hundred times over the years, but the classics are the best arn’t they. On a cold winters evening, get into your cosy pajamas, grab the popcorn, fluffy blankets and get on the sofa for a evening of classic Christmas movies. I think Home Alone and The Holiday are our favourites
Day 5 Get outdoors
Even when its freezing cold, wrap up warm and get some fresh air, we love to take a walk on boxing day when we have all had a full day of indulgence not doing very much apart from eating, drinking and are all still full up from Christmas dinner. We get wrapped up with our hats and gloves, take a walk and enjoy some fresh air. Even better if we manage to get some snow we can enjoy some sledging and snowman building. I remember as a little girl laying in the snow and making snow angels.
Day 6 Spend time with friends and family
Take time out to enjoy and visit friends and family, a festive afternoon walk, a dinner party or simple festive drinks are all great ways to spend time with your loved ones. Christmas is the time we should all come together to enjoy the Christmas festivities. It doesn’t have to be a big party just getting together and doing something simple is all it needs, to know that we have love and support of our friends and family. Why not host a games night and get everyone together to have a good old battle of the board games. A nights in are sometimes the best.
Day 7 Switch off
Switching off from social media / technology is a must from time to time, we live in a world now where every minute of every day we are able to connect with people and check what is happening in the world. I do think we should all be able to switch off and enjoy the life around us just for a few hours. Take a break from constantly checking our phones to see what everyone else is up to. Christmas especially is the time to live in the here and now, even a few hours will not only help you connect with the people around you, but also give us all a well deserved break from the constant stresses social media can bring. On Christmas day once I’ve sent out my Christmas wishes my phone goes on the side and that’s where it stays for the rest of the day.
Day 8 Snuggle up with a book
As a blogger I do love to read other blogs, but as you’ve probably realised I do love a good book too, there is something quite special about turning actual pages of an actual book and thats probably why I’ve never got on with kindle reading either. I have so many books on my to-read list, So hopefully over Christmas I can grab a couple of hours to cosy up with a latest read.
Day 9 Light a candle
Lighting candles is very Hygge and something I love to do especially at Christmas time. Candle light brings a very “romantic” feel to any room. I especially love the cinnamon and spiced aromas of festive candles bring to our homes. At this time of year I light candles pretty much any time of day, so get yours lit and embrace the cosy feel they bring.
Day 10 Christmas jumpers
Thick chunky jumpers are a great way to keep warm in winter but why not add a little festive fun and grab a Christmas knit to really get into the Christmas spirit, I have been wearing Christmas jumpers since the end of November but we usually make a concious effect to wear our Christmas knits on Christmas eve when we all go out for breakfast on Christmas eve morning.
Day 11 Festive food
Turkey and all the trimmings, mince pies, Christmas cookies, I love all the comfort food and the warm cosy feeling these Christmas foods bring. The kids especially love to bake at Christmas and we have a tradition of always baking Christmas cookies on Christmas eve.
Day 12 Pamper time
After a busy day of Christmas shopping or a winter walk what better way to relax than hot bubble bath. Pop on a face mask, give yourself a mini manicure and pedicure, maybe soak your feet and get your toes painted ready for the party season. Take a little “me” time and show yourself some love. Enjoy some well deserved self care, Dont burn yourself out rushing round, take some well desserved time out and enjoy even at this busy time of year it’s still important.
I hope this inspires you to embrace just a little bit of Christmas Hygge .
Get your cosy knits out, enjoy time with friends and family sipping mulled wine and enjoying the here and now. Remember it’s not always the material things or the big gestures, it’s the little things. The look on a child’s face, a feeling we get or even the smell of your home can be ways in which we embrace Hygge.
So I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and enjoy your time whatever you do.
Until next time