How to have a hygge Christmas

I know that for many of you, it's a bit early for Christmas themed posts. But I've just finished "Dash and Lily", in one sitting I might add, and I am feeling extra festive. I am already singing "Last Christmas" to my baby, and thinking about where we will put the Christmas tree. I am that person, and I am not even sorry.

I also know that hygge is a concept that took the world by storm, and then it fizzled. Maybe not fizzled, but it is not that popular anymore, despite being the most searched for word in 2016. Now you're either a minimalist or a maximalist, although, at their core, both of these movements involve hygge. I think that too many people get caught up with the aesthetic, but fail to follow the principles. This way of living involves more than candles and pastry. 

Hygge does not have an exact definition, but we associate it with cosiness. Happiness. Living a life with intention.

I think that it's important to acknowledge that we're sadly in a unique position because of the pandemic. At the time I am writing this post, we don't know if we'll still be in lockdown by the holidays or not. We can try to let that get to us, or try to remain positive. For the sake of our mental health, I think it's important to prepare for a cosy Christmas. We need to ditch the superficial, and get back to its real meaning! Let's make this holiday about love and connecting, about giving back to our community, and spreading some joy. 

1. Support a good cause
Initially, I wanted to say that you should do some charity work, but I suppose a lot depends on the area you're from. Some countries have stricter lockdown rules than others. But if you cannot help in person, there are other ways. For instance, I like to sell all of Adelina's old clothes and toys on Facebook groups that raise money for sick children. 

There are many causes that will align with your values. If you're an animal lover, support shelters or other organisations that help animals. If you care about nature, find some environmental causes. I know that charity might not be the first word you think of when you hear about hygge, but helping others makes you feel good. It gives you the type of satisfaction that can't be bought. 

2. Decorate your house
OK, probably the easiest way to incorporate hygge into your home. Buy scented candles, cosy pillows and soft blankets. Obviously, don't turn your house into a Target aisle, but turn it into a place that makes you feel comfortable. Try to go for a softer colour palette, as it`s more soothing and easier to match.

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3. Create your own family traditions
My parents are divorced, and I grew up with my dad, so I don't have the most traditional Christmas memories. But we had one I absolutely adored: sharing an ice-cream cake on Christmas Day and watching  "Home Alone". 

Now that I have a family of my own, I want to create my own traditions. Adelina is still young, so some things will change along the way, but I want her to grow up knowing that this time of the year is magical. Family should be important all year-round, but you should use this time of the year to show your appreciation even more. 

4. Practice gratitude 
In a society that constantly strives for more, you should take a moment and appreciate what you already have. I am not trying to be preachy, but gratitude gives you a positive outlook on life. It clears your mind and helps you focus on your goals. 

Before I had Adelina, I wasn't big on gratitude. The problem was that I was looking at the big picture, but failed to see the small things that made it. OK, I had a roof over my head, how many times could I be grateful for that? Once I changed my perspective, however, there were countless things I was grateful for. I focused more on sensations and less on things. I really looked at my day, and how it went on. 

5. Bake, bake, bake
I will confess that I like baking more than I like cooking. Maybe it's because of my sweet tooth, or maybe I find baking less stressful. When you're cooking you really need to nail the flavour, but I find baking more forgiving. You still have recipes to follow, but you can get more creative. Everyone loves some Christmas cookies, so take this time to perfect your skills. 

6. Make some DIY presents
I suck at crafts, not gonna lie. But I like to think that it's the thought that matters. You can work on some DIY presents with your family or friends, and it's a great bonding experience. If you're lucky, you might create something nice that shows others how much they mean to you. Not to mention that it will save you money. 

7. Have weekly Christmas movie nights
Watching Christmas movies is one of the most joyous parts of the year. I love them, and I can't get enough of them, no matter how many times I saw them. You can create a cosy atmosphere by lighting candles, enjoying hot drinks and munching on a big bowl of popcorn. Personally, I can't wait for my baby to be old enough to join us on the couch and watch movies with us. Again, another great family bonding experience. 


Anyway, enough of my ramblings. Let me know in the comments how are you celebrating Christmas this year. Are you looking forward to it or has it lost its magic for you? Also, if you saw Dash and Lily, let me know. Personally, I loved it, although I was annoyed that the actors look way too old to pass as teenagers. 

1 comment

  1. I have been wanting to learn more about the concept of hygge! I really love these suggestions! I am also a terrible crafter and love baking more than cooking. My dad raised me as well! Sounds like we've got a few things in common. Thanks so much for the ideas!