Have You Read “The Little Book of Hygge”?
As we are now in the thick of Fall and the holidays are just around the corner, the weather will be getting a bit chillier. I know some people are already experiencing snow in their corner of the world. And that’s why I ask the question: Have you read “The Little Book of Hygge”?
I love this little book because it will help you really enjoy those cold winter days. We are blessed here in Charleston that we don’t experience extremely cold temperatures though we did have some last year with some snow too. But the principles outlined in this book will help you look forward to those cold, rainy, snowy days.
“Hygge” (pronounced hoo-ga) is the Danish concept of warm coziness during the long winter months. According to Denmark’s Official Tourism Website, it is “creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people.” The Danes experience about 6 months of cold and dark winters so if they hold the secret to making that time enjoyable, I’m all ears.
Here are a few of the things to make your winter a little “Hygge”:
1. Bring out the candles. This is a huge part of hygge. The more, the better as candles tend to make a room cozy.
2. If you have a fireplace, light it up. Another cozy element to your home.
3. Pile on the blankets. Nice soft fluffy ones that you can wrap up while you sit with candlelight in front of the fireplace.
4. Get out those comfy clothes – you know the pants that you wouldn’t wear out of the house but practically live in at home? Add some warm socks, a great sweatshirt then curl up under those blankets.
5. Have some comfort food available. Now, this is where things can get a bit out of hand because comfort food usually isn’t the most healthy (think cookies, pot pies, cakes, etc.) so use your judgment here. Hey, even healthy food can become a comfort food depending on how its fix. You know like hot steaming veggie chili? Hot cocoa sweetened with natural sugar? Homemade French fries?
6. Invite friends over for board games or even go for a walk in the cold weather. The social aspect of hygge is big. Since things are cold and usually dark for some people during the winter, the tendency would be to stay in and hibernate. But hygge is sharing some of your time with friends and family regularly.
7. Read a book – I mean a real “paperback in your hands” book. eReaders are great, and so are audiobooks, but there is nothing like snuggling up in your blanket in front of your fireplace to read a good book.
8. Try a winter sport. Just a few are ice-skating, sledding, and skiing. Have to admit that for us here in the Lowcountry, ice skating is our only option but even when its cold, walking downtown Charleston can be fun (if you are appropriately).
9. Do some stargazing. Yes, this can be a very cold activity but dress in lots of layers and brave the elements. Learn all about the winter constellations.
If you want to learn more about hygge, I highly suggest reading “The Little Book of Hygge”. Plus there is loads of info on the Internet of course. I know that I’m putting some of these ideas in place now before the colder days are even here. And though our winters don’t compare to those up North, I love all the hygge suggestions. Making me look forward to those winter days!