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I must have been living under a rock, because it wasn’t until recently I learned about “Hygge.” I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that, since it’s been such a cultural phenomenon.
But, if you are like me and new to Hygge, let me tell you it’s easy to fall in love with. Hygge is a Danish word for being comfortable and cozy with feelings of wellness and contentment. There isn’t an exact translation, but “cozy” is the closest in English terms. It’s been a craze in popular culture throughout the world now that seems to be up there with the minimalism and KonMari trends.
Hygge, is all things nice, cozy and safe but can also refer to a psychological state. Not just a cozy home, but anything that produces that feeling of well-being — simple, joyful contentment.
It can be Bailey’s in your coffee, the glass of wine after dinner, sitting around a bonfire with friends, a walk through the woods on a sunny October day, a swim in the ocean or even a Sunday afternoon nap.
(n.) a Danish concept of a complete absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming; taking pleasure from the presence of gentle, soothing things such as good food, wine, warm blankets, candle light and your favorite people.
Even though I didn’t know what Hygge was, I have been seeking that vibe for a while now. I want my home to be my sanctuary — super cozy, simple and full of contentment. I’m simplifying and minimalizing — only seeking items and experiences that bring me feelings of well-being. Turns out, I’m not the only one and the Danish have mastered the essence of it quite well.
As an inspector, I have entered into over 20,000 homes in my years of employment. What I’ve realized is that everyone has their own idea of what brings them Hygge.
Here’s my idea of Christmas Hygge. What’s yours?
1. Cozy wool socks
On a cold winter night, these are the best. I’m a slipper and sock person. It just feels so cozy on a cold night to have cute wool socks.
Candles bring me feelings of peace and calmness. They are great for stress reduction since they make every room seem warm and calming.
3. Fleece pull-overs
I just cannot get enough of them. This one’s great because it’s unisex so my husband can get some (and I can wear them!)
4. Himalayan Salt Lamp
I am in love with Himalayan salt lamps. It’s so nice after dinner to turn the lights down low and be warmed by the glow of a Himalayan salt lamp. I like the shape of this one — clean and simple.
5. Weighted blanket
Weighted blankets are the best. I cannot live without mine and would love another one to snuggle on the couch with. The weight feels like a warm, soothing hug and is so relaxing. I’ve had bouts of terrible insomnia but haven’t since I started sleeping with a weighted blanket. I made the mistake of not taking mine on a recent vacation and had a hard time sleeping. They make watching movies or a reading a good book feel so good.
6. Yeti Mug
I love all Yeti products, but this is pretty handy for a coffee mug on the go. Clean and simple and quality. Nothing beats a Yeti Mug.
7. A good book
For me, the ultimate Hygge night is curling up with a weighted blanket, candles burning, Himalayan salt lamp glowing, a hot cup of tea (or a glass of wine) and a good book. I’m currently working my way through some of Oprah’s past book club choices. This one is on my wish list.
8. Cute mitten gloves
Nothing says Hygge more than some cute mitten gloves. These are great because they are fingerless for texting and include a mitten cover.
9. Aromatherapy tea light warmer
I love this hand carved tea light holder for some aromatherapy and candle light Hygge.
10. A projector
Christmas Hygge for my family is lounging around watching movies on Christmas eve after church and a delicious prime rib dinner. With my kids grown, this year we are renting a family cabin at a ski resort. I have a feeling Santa will be delivering this to make movie night extra cool. It’s great because it includes a carrying bag and is compatible with fire TV stick, PS4, HDMI, VGA, TF, AV and USB.
11. Gratitude Journal
My favorite Hygge morning routine is to spend a few minutes with my morning coffee in solitude. Gratitude journaling first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day.
What brings you Hygge? I’d love to hear, please comment below: