With Daylight Saving Time over for another year, it feels like winter is officially here, even if it’s not until December! We’ve swapped our shorts for sweaters and cold brew for hot coffee. While it might be depressing to have to wake up when it's dark and bundle up just to run to the store, at the very least, you can stay warm and take joy in the simpler pleasures.
The Danish have a word, ‘hygge (hoo-gah or hue-gah),’ which translates loosely to cosiness. It’s best described as the genuine feeling of happiness one has when enjoying simple, everyday things. Whether it’s holding a friendly gathering at home or lingering over an afternoon of tea and baked goods with a friend, it’s been often credited for helping bolster Denmark’s well-known reputation as one of the happiest countries to live in.
While the concept is not necessarily a solely Danish hallmark (other European countries like France, Germany and the Netherlands have their own words to describe similar feelings) it’s been associated mostly with the Scandinavian country. It’s also not really new; Danes have been partaking in the practice for decades. Though it may be starting to come into trend now, the principles have still remained the same: be cozy, be comfortable, and enjoy. Deemed a way to slow down the frantic pace of the holiday season while remaining sociable and indulgent, hygge could be the new way you want to spend your winter evenings.
Looking to spark some hygge of your own? Try these six little things to add a little more Danish coziness to your life:
1. Share a meal with friends
Food is a popular reason to gather friends and family together. Whether you’re cooking for five or bringing in takeout for fifteen, it’s more about the good times and enjoyment you have from being in each other’s company. Food goes with every occasion, from snacks and games nights to ten-dish holiday dinners. The most important part of hygge, though, is that it’s enjoyable, so if cooking a huge meal is not in your plans, call for a potluck instead!
2. Indulge in your favourite coffee
What could be more simple and everyday than enjoying your favourite cup of coffee? Nothing tastes better in the morning than a well-made cup of coffee with freshly ground beans. Of course, you’re probably not going to use an entire bag of coffee in one go, so keep your beans fresh in an airtight container. Our glass jars have an airtight seal and are a perfect storage solution for any type of bean.
3. Have a long cup of tea
Maybe you’re not a coffee person. How about tea? Whether it’s a cup on the go or you make a whole pot and take some time for yourself, tea is a great drink when the weather is not so kind outside. Our chrome teapot looks beautiful while it brews your tea, and minimizes waste with its measured mesh infuser. Wrap it up in its included tea cozy to make sure the pot of tea can last until the last chapter of your book or for the whole length of your Netflix marathon.
4. Cozy up and light some candles
There’s just something about candles that make any space feel warmer and cozier. The holidays are a perfect time for every manufacturer, from your local artisan to your nearest Bath and Body Works, to produce special holiday scented candles. Choose your favourites, or try something a little more seasonal, and scent your space to provide a warm, inviting atmosphere.
5. Show your home a little love
Though it may sound counterproductive, to do more work to relax, a little cleaning could go a long way in helping you truly be comfortable in your home. Make sure everything has a place that it returns to, show off what makes you happy — whether they’re photos of loved ones or travel knick knacks from where you've been — whatever you want to do to make your space more enjoyable. You could even get ambitious and start to plan a full makeover — Scandinavian interior design inspiration can be found everywhere right now. Only if you enjoy that sort of thing, though.
6. Enjoy the moment
Hygge is about coziness and enjoyment, so if none of the four of the above suggestions sound like they’re right for you, don’t worry about it! Maybe your idea of comfort is to cocoon yourself in a blanket and watch holiday movies, or you don’t want to slow down at all. Pick up a hobby, try something new — there’s no pressure, as long as you’re enjoying yourself.
Again, the key to hygge is relax how you want to relax. So, pull out your most comfortable, worn out sweater, make a giant cup of tea (our glass tea pot can hold up to five cups, so it could make the perfect extra-large cup) and enjoy being cozy, whether on your own or with your loved ones!
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