Hygge, pronounced (Hue-gah) is a Danish word originally derived from an Old Norwegian word meaning well-being and protection from the outside elements.
Hygge is not necessarily something that you can buy – it’s more of a feeling than a possession. It’s the epitome of Danish living and is often used to describe what their culture is all about.
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Denmark has notoriously cold, long winters. The concept of hygge is used by Danish people to help mentally combat the dark, relentless winter season and fill their homes with comfort and love.
Although it’s possible to achieve hygge any time of the year, (in the summertime it can be an outdoor BBQ with friends or a movie under the stars with family), it’s usually associated with the colder months.
It lifts the spirit during the long, dark winter season.
Hygge is generally described as a feeling of coziness, comfort, familiarity, friendship, laughter, and seasonal homemade food and drinks. So, it’s no wonder that in the last five years this concept has become trendy in the US and many other countries.
Here are a few, simple ways you can bring these peaceful, cozy, and content feelings into your home this holiday season.
1. Host a Hygge Party for Family & Friends
The holidays bring many opportunities to host get-togethers for your loved ones. Try not to stress over organizing these gatherings though, these parties are meant to be relaxed, friendly, and homey.
2. Warm Atmosphere
Create a cozy home by lighting some candles, have a fire, or set up string lights. Warm lighting is essential for a holiday hygge vibe.
3. Cozy Textures
Pull out all of those soft, fluffy blankets and have them available on the couch or chairs and by the windows. Make it easy for you and your guests to cuddle up and relax.
4. Home Cooking
Cooking up some traditional holiday meals and treats will help bring the essence of hygge into your home.
Comfort foods like ham, stews, savory flatbreads, cookies, and cinnamon apple pie will waft soul-warming scents throughout the air, making your home feel cozy and your friends and family well cared for.
Holiday hygge is easy, relaxed and comforting.
Now that you know the term for that warm and fuzzy feeling, you’ll be able to create a hygge vibe in your home all year long.