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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 and my favorite products for gettin’ hygge with it for surviving the Winter slump.
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.
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Embrace the weather
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.
Patagonia Women’s Down With It Parka
Price: $299, Backcountry.com
Sorel Women’s Winter Carnival Boots
Price: $140, Sorel.com
Cozy Up Your Home
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.
World Market Diamond Faux Fur Throw Blanket
Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia Lidded Jar Candle – Cedar Magnolia
Price: $12.99, Target
— Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia, Target
Tea Forté Loose Leaf Tea Assortments (Winter Collection)
— Tea Forté, Amazon
Make time for Merriment
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!
Enjoy a book
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 free printable: Gettin’ Hygge With It
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I hope you find some of these ideas helpful and inspiring for gettin’ hygge with it and surviving the Winter slump wherever you are.