I didn’t think it would be right to end 2016 without mentioning Hygge just one more time. I wouldn’t do that to you guyyss! I’m sick to death of the grey cloud that is circling hygge at the moment and the people that try to bring any decent fad down at the drop of a hat. For once I think we should just all appreciate a good thing when we see it, if we need Hygge to have cosier nights in and spend more time with our loved ones then so be it, and at Christmas time that’s all you really need.
With only 2 days to go until the big day I thought I’d write 5 lovely, little things that will help you embrace Hygge this Christmas however much you’re against the fad or this way of living. Just FYI I’m going to Copenhagen for NYE and I cannot wait to experience hygge in its highest form, and seek out these cafes that are solely based around the concept of hygge! Christmas is central to hygge so let’s all do it properly this year and enjoy it better than ever before…
#1. Cosy lighting
You’ve heard me harping on about cosy lighting being central to Hygge about 14658 times now, but it really is. There’s nothing cosier than switching on some fairy lights and having your room lit up by its warm glow, especially during Christmas.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a crackling wood burning stove, fairy lights or a beautiful lamp like this Ceramic House Styled Table Lamp* from Litecraft. Not only does it have the perfect, white Scandinavian design, once illuminated it gives off the brightest glow that lights up even the darkest spaces. I much prefer lamps, fairy lights and candles to harsh lighting in a room, there’s something just so cosy about it!
#2. Indulgent Food
Christmas and good food are inextricably linked, and I am totally okay with that. Christmas is the one time that people (hopefully) stop calorie counting and just enjoy the food around them without guilt. Food is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and that feeling of being surrounded by good people and indulging in some of life’s delicacies is what happiness really is all about.
Whether that’s chocolate, pigs in blankets or copious amounts of cheese and crackers, it’s all the good stuff that makes Christmas, well Christmas. There is few holidays that you can be as gluttonous as you want without consequences so for that reason alone, Christmas really is the best.
#3. Cosy Clothing & Plenty of Blankets
Hygge is all about being cosy, feeling warm and being safe, and being wrapped around a duvet or a dozen blankets like a baked burrito is the one during the festive period. I usually dress up for Christmas day and have already stripped down to the comfy clothing to accommodate that food baby by 12pm. Not only does comfy clothing allow you to eat all the food without restriction, it’s soft, cosy and just generally hygge.
Team the two above with some cosy tea lights, a classic Christmas film and you’re heading for hyggeligt times.
#4. Classic Christmas Films
I’m not so sure this is one of the things that is central to Danish ‘Hygge’, but a typical British persons cosy Hygge night in, especially over Christmas will involve a classic Christmas film. Whether you’re looking for a film to accompany the wrapping or to drown out the sound of your Dad’s snoring on Christmas Day, Home Alone, The Holiday, Elf and The Grinch are all those feel good classics that can’t help to raise a smile on your face and create that warm fuzzy feeling in your tummy <3
#5. Good Company
Let’s not forget that Christmas is all about spending time with your loved ones. Everyone’s lives are constantly on the go, and Christmas Day is the one time of the year that you can take some time out from reality and drink up the company of your family.
Surrounding yourself with a lot of good people spreads a little bit of happiness, positivity and warmth that will keep us going through 2017. It’s small memories like this with your loved ones that can never be taken away from you.
So gather around the wood burning fire, candles or fairy lights this Christmas, with a plate full of food, a classic heart warming film and the people that are closest to you in your life. Now that really is the true essence of Christmas!
I hope you all have the most wonderful Christmas with your loved ones and have many hyggeligt times! How will you be spending Christmas? Do you like Hygge or do you just think it’s a fad? What is your favourite thing about Christmas?
*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own