Have you come across the term hygge? Pronounced hoo-gah, hygge is a Danish practice that people do to enjoy more in their life. It is all about creating a comfortable, cozy environment, practising self-care, relaxing and living more simply with a lot of positivity in life.

Now that winter solstice is upon us, here are some hygge activities you can enjoy during the winter season.

Invite People Over

Hygge isn’t just about being home alone, but really spending quality time with others. Invite a close-knit group of people over for a casual dinner party or get together. Watch a movie together that everyone loves, or invite high school friends to have dinner and talk about the old days. Put on your favourite music and reminisce. Have close family members over with their kids so everyone can have a
game night or a buffet-style dinner. Enjoy these moments with those people you love the most, and take comfort in the fact that you can all be together during the season.

Cook More Comfort Food

Winter is a great time for cooking and baking, especially when it comes to your favourite soups, stews and comfort foods. This might include baking cookies and pies with spices like cinnamon and pumpkin, or you may prefer cooking more savoury foods that are comfort foods. Think about the foods you enjoyed as a kid, that always cheered you up. These are your comfort foods.

This is also a good time to share your favorite comfort foods with your kids or close
friends.

Focus on Comfort in Your Home

Hygge is all about being happy, comfortable, and positive. Try to make your home as comfy and cozy as possible. Add throws, pillows and soft blankets in colours like red, yellow, orange and brown, which create a warm environment. Add soft rugs to the ground, and bring in candles or use the fireplace when it gets cold.

Add Softer Lighting

If you have bright light bulbs in your home, now is a good time to remove them and opt for softer lights. At least replace your lamps as you have easy access to them. This allows you to shut off other lights and just turn on the softer lights in the evening when
practising hygge during the winter. I love salt lamps – they give a lovely natural glow, like candles but without the danger of fire!

The winter solstice is a great time to focus on your year-end goals. Have you achieved everything you were hoping? Use the comfort of your winter hygge home to look over past entries and to begin to think about the new year.

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