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Looking for tips on how to survive Winter? Change your mindset with the concept of Hygge. Read on for tips on how to survive the Winter slump and download a Hygge free printable.

Free Printable: Gettin' Hygge With It and tips for surviving the Winter slump

Winter. My least favorite season.

Why? It’s so cold where I live in Minnesota and the days are so short. When it’s pitch black at 5:00 pm it feels like it’s time to go to bed.

The season isn’t changing (outside of global warming, yikes) so there’s only one thing to do: Embrace it! 

That’s where the concept of hygge comes in. Today I’m sharing a few tips, a free printable, and my favorite products for gettin’ hygge with it to survive Winter.

What is Hygge?

Hygge, a Danish word that, translated into English, means:

A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being. 

– Oxford English Dictionary

Basically hygge is about being cozy, happy, and taking part in feasting, drinking, and enjoying merry company with friends and family.

Hygge may have become a buzzword lately, but the concept holds true for surviving the Winter months. 

And in case you were wondering, it’s pronounced “hoo-ga.” Think hug.

Read on for easy tips on how to survive Winter.

How to Survive Winter? Embrace the Weather

enjoying Winter outside in Minnesota
Spending a Minnesota winter day out in the snow with my two boys

While we tend to think of hygge as only about being cozy on the couch, the Nordic culture strongly identifies with spending time outside, and  Winter is no exception.

Over the years, I’ve realized that the best way to enjoy the outdoors is to dress for it. That means investing in some key pieces, particularly a good coat and boots.

Note all prices are valid as of original posting date.

Patagonia Women’s Down With It Parka

Price: $299,

Zip up and stay warm with a Patagonia jacket. I have one similar, as pictured in the photo above, and it’s lasted yearsPatagonia Women's Down With It Parka


Sorel Women’s Winter Carnival Boots

Price: $140,

Keeping your feet warm, especially your toes, is key to enjoying yourself outdoors. These waterproof ones will keep your feet dry and your toes toasty. Sorel Women's Winter Carnival Boots


 Cozy Up Your Home

Cozy up your home to enjoy the winter months

We tend to spend more time indoors during the Winter, so why not make your space extra cozy.

Grab a new fuzzy blanket, some slippers, dim the lights, light some candles, and brew a cup of tea.

Making your space somewhere you want to be can help you feel less cooped up during the coldest months of the year.

Fuzzy Faux Fur Throw Blanket



Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia Lidded Jar Candle – Cedar Magnolia

Price: $12.99, TargetHearth & Hand™ with Magnolia Lidded Jar Candle

— Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia, Target

Tea Forté Loose Leaf Tea Assortments (Winter Collection)

AmazonTea Forté Loose Leaf TEA CHEST Assortments (Winter Collection)

— Tea Forté, Amazon

Make Time for Merriment 

Hygge table

There is nothing better than a relaxing night in during the winter. Invite some friends over for feasting and merriment with tapas and delicious cocktails, like an Old Fashioned served in a fun glass.

Be sure to turn on some tunes, light the fire, and hunker down for an evening of music and conversation. Sounds like a great way to start gettin’ hygge with it! 

If you are looking for some fun holiday printables you’ll love want to grab this Let it Snow party printable set and check out the fabulous ideas. 

Hibernate and Enjoy a Book

Cozy up with a book about Hygge

Slow down and enjoy a book. Either grab your favorite genre or find other ways to get hygge by curling up with one of these books.


Download the Hygge Free Printable

Now how about that free printable? It’s available in two background colors, so choose your favorite.

Simply download the file below, print, cut, and frame. Enjoy! 

Hygge: Free Winter Printable

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I hope you find some of these tips to survive Winter helpful and inspiring as you embrace hygge this Winter season.

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Hi, I’m Meghan, party lover and designer at Elva M Design Studio. I’m a mom of three young boys and so passionate about celebrating all life has to offer. I love party planning and bringing people together, whether it’s for Champagne Friday, celebrating a new baby, a birthday, or just because! Sign up for my email list to enjoy all the free printables.

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