How to Hygge at Home

Ugh, the winter, AM I RIGHT?! Slush and snow, grey skies and below zero temps. Nope. No thanks. Instead of just hibernating (and complaining) about the weather, try introducing some hygge into your home and really embrace the season (hint: it involves buying more candles, are you in?! Read on!)

The concept of hygge is uniquely Danish, and in Denmark where winters are long and dark (sound familiar, upstate New Yorkers?!), hygge helps them beat the winter blues.

The word itself comes from a sixteenth-century Norwegian term, hugga, meaning “to comfort” or “to console,” which is also related to the English word “hug.” And while there's no one English word to describe hygge, but think cosiness, comfort, reassurance, and togetherness. Think candles and lattes, a roaring fireplace and cozy slippers, snuggling up under blankets and watching movies together, comfort food and mugs of hot tea.

Beyond just the physical coziness though, it's a feeling of togetherness, a feeling of contentment. Spending time with loved ones and being mindful of the simple things in life. Hunkering down, snuggling up, and being together. Making the time to slow down a little. With candles. Lots and lots of candles.

The thing is, hygge is perfect for parents. Comfy pants and slippers? Check. Staying in and watching Netflix vs. going out? Check. Mugs full of hot (Mothers Milk) tea? Check. Cuddling up with the kiddos under some warm blankies (yours and theirs)? Check and check. I mean I'm basically doing some major hygge every night, I just need more candles (really though who doesn't).