The concept of hygge – pronounced “hoo-ga” – hit the UK a couple of years ago. The Scandinavian word, which can be thought of as meaning “cosy contentment”, is particularly popular over the winter months.
This year, we face a different Christmas to usual. What better time to slow down and embrace some hygge? Here are there three simple ways to inject some of this concept into your Christmas this year:
Natural Christmas decorations
To embrace hygge, getting outdoors is important. If you can’t face the UK winter weather for long stretches, bring the outside indoors with some natural Christmas decorations. Pinecone or evergreen wreaths are great choices, and clove studded oranges tied with red ribbon can make an aromatic and colourful hanging decoration as well.
Dim the lights
Hygge is all about being cosy. Turn off the main lights and light some candles or a wood-burner if you have one. While true hygge is about the natural over the artificial, some soft glow fairy lights also produce a cosy feel to a dimmed room.
Connect with family and friends
Usually, we race around various parties and gatherings to see everyone during the festive season. However, this year, we can still connect, despite any restrictions. If you can’t face any video calls, cosy up on the couch and write a good old-fashioned letter to a loved one instead.
A hygge Christmas is about slowing down, embracing the present moment and enjoying the simple pleasures in life. With that in mind, grab a mug of hot chocolate, light some candles and put your feet up.