Wishing you a very 'Hygge' Christmas
Ahh the run up, or indeed, the countdown to Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. It is the perfect time to add some hygge elements into your home and lifestyle.
I get super excited when the Christmas adverts start appearing on the telly and the sound of sleigh bells is just magical. And don’t get me started on Christmas movies! The cheesier the better! Sadly, I think this may be the last year that my daughter believes in the magic, so I’m going to make the most of it this year.
With the dark nights and the weather turning colder, it’s the perfect setting to create a cosy home. I love the whole concept of hygge and I try to follow the basic principles in my life.
Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of cosiness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. (Wikipedia)
For me, hygge is also about appreciating the simple things in life and enjoying time with friends and family. It’s taking time out from our crazy busy lives, taking a breath, looking after ourselves and each other and enjoying life.
I love a cosy and comfortable home, which my husband knows only too well from all of the cushions and throws we have around our house. We get a mini workout every evening just removing the huge pile of cushions and pillows I have arranged on our bed. What can I say – they look pretty!
Christmas time is perfect for creating a cosy, hygge home. A time to focus on family, good food, making memories and having fun.
You don’t need to spend a fortune and you probably already have most of the things required. It’s just a matter of pulling them together in a way that creates a sense of calm, warmth and cosiness. Below I will share a few easy tips for a hygge home.
I have tiny twinkle / fairy lights up all year round. They are on the beams in both my kitchen and bedrooms. They look so pretty in the evenings as they give a lovely soft glow. I also have twinkle lights (battery operated) in glass jars. They look really effective on a shelf, side table or as a centre piece on your dining table. Perfect for Christmas dining.
As I’ve mentioned, I always have throws on my sofas. Usually folded up over an arm of the sofa, or, rolled up in a cute basket for easy access. But during the winter months I get the big boys out – I’ve got those chunky knit blankets that are taking the world by storm. They are super soft and very warm. Perfect for snuggling on a winters evening.
Include some squishy cushions on your sofa and arm chairs and perhaps create a reading corner with a side table and lamp. Soft lighting is key when creating a cosy atmosphere. I hate putting the ‘big’ light on in the living room. By ‘big’ I’m referring to the main ceiling light. I much prefer to use table lamps and candles. Candles are perfect for giving us that soft, flickering glow and spiced scented candles can really evoke Christmas. The White Company are my favourite.
I personally have a neutral colour palette throughout my home, or as my daughter would say, “everything is white”. It’s not, there are soft shades of greys, off-whites, pale pinks and pale blues. Oh, OK it’s mostly white. So, you can imagine my complete horror when my daughter announces that she’d like a red bedroom! RED!!!! Once my nerves had calmed, I did gently break it to her that unfortunately, that’s never going to happen. I told her that she needs to have a re-think on what colour she would like, whilst leaving her with the Farrow & Ball colour chart to peruse. Be still, my beating (palpitating) heart.
Having a neutral interior allows you to add complimentary colours at different times of the year. For example, I like to add warmer colours like soft sage green and raspberry red into my scheme at Christmas time. And pale blues and greys in the summer months.
The fireplace plays a big part in adding warmth both in the physical sense and from an optical one. A pile of logs in a basket can look so cosy too. If you don’t have a real fire you can always arrange lots of pillar candles, or a selection of candle lanterns to create a lovely soft glow and focal point to the room. Perhaps add some holly around the bottom with fairy lights entwined through the branches.
Christmas decorations are great for making our home feel and look cosy, especially with all of the twinkle lights. (You can never have enough twinkle lights). Add twigs of holly or eucalyptus to the top of your fireplace with star garlands or fairy lights running through them to really make a feature fireplace.
Decorating your home for Christmas can also be a hygge activity. Once you’ve managed to haul all of the boxes of decorations out of your loft/shed/spare room, you can then create a fun day of decorating with your family. Blast out Christmas songs – the cheesier the better! Put the twinkle lights up first so you have a lovely warm glow around you. Wear your Christmas jumpers (and slippers), crack open the tubs of Christmas chocolates (my husband has to hide ours otherwise I eat them well before Christmas) and have a lovely time making your Christmas trees and home look pretty.
As well as making your home look and feel cosy at Christmas, hygge is also about making some time for you and your family. We all need a bit of downtime and the Christmas holidays are perfect for this.
If you are anything like me, you will have a huge pile of magazines that you subscribe to and don’t really have the time to read them properly. When the weather is rubbish outside, treat yourself to an afternoon curled up on the sofa by the fire, mug of hot chocolate (or a glass of mulled wine) and a mince pie and delve into those magazines. This little activity has ‘hygge’ written all over it!
Even at the weekends I always seem to have a to-do list to get on with. As a small business owner, I’m always working at the weekends too. It’s sometimes hard to define the working week from the weekends when you work from home. I know there are many out there who do the same. So, hey, small business owners – let’s make a pact this Christmas to take some much-deserved down time.
It’s important to set aside some weekends to have some fun, especially over the Christmas period. The long winter evenings and weekends are perfect for spending time with the kids. Play board games or watch a favourite Christmas film together. If we’re lucky enough to have snow, go and make the most of it and have some fun.
Or if you fancy doing something creative – how about making your own Christmas crackers? You can fill them with treats for them to hand out to their friends. Download my FREE Cosy Room Designs Christmas cracker template to print out and make at home.
For me there is nothing nicer than wrapping up warm to go for a long walk in the countryside or along the coast and then coming home and feeling that glow on your cheeks. Light the fire, make some hot chocolate and relax in your lovely cosy Christmassy home.
I wish you all a very merry and cosy Christmas! xx
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