Incorporating hygge into your holiday season can be done just about anywhere. This Danish transition is one that lights us up from the inside and fills our hearts with gratitude and warmth. Whether it be the simplicity of everyday life or experiencing laughter and cheer with others, your friends here at Breen’s Florist, the top florist in Houston, are sharing seven steps to feeling comfortable in your home, more connected to loved ones, and thankful for the simple observations in our everyday.
Your Guide to Holiday Hygge
Start with Your Environment
Inviting hygge to your holiday season begins with the space around you. Chuck the clutter and replace it with classic holiday decor that gives you warm fuzzy feelings. As you dim the lights, light candles with warm flickering flames and hang soft white Christmas lights to inspire wonderful memories of past holiday seasons. Play soft music, like holiday jazz or classic renditions from the Nutcracker. Finally, freshen up your space with a lush bouquet of winter flowers, like roses, hydrangea, lilies, and poinsettias.
Hygge is about enjoying the simple things in life, like purely being comfortable. Since your space is now calling your name and inspiring you to kick back and relax, give in and do so. Be sure to get yourself comfy before you become one with your couch, the floor, or your bed. Dress in your best loungewear if it makes you feel good, warm your feet with your favorite socks, and wrap yourself in a snuggly blanket.
Find Joy in Your Favorite Meals & Holiday Treats
The holiday season is full of delicious meals with family and friends and homemade goodies, like cakes, pies, cookies, and so much more. Rather than avoiding “unhealthy choices,” ditch the pressure of healthy living for a day and indulge in your favorite holiday treats and sip and after-dinner coffee or hot cocoa with your loved ones. Take this time to be mindful, so you can savor every delicious bite and express gratitude for these festive treats that bring hygge.
Indulge in a Relaxing Hobby
Now that your environment is bursting with good feelings and you are comfy and cozy, what happens next? It’s time to find hygge in relaxing hobbies, like crocheting, knitting, reading, building a puzzle, playing with your pets, or challenging your family to a peaceful and friendly game night. There are many ways to spend your time doing things that bring you bliss and enhance your well-being. So, choose to spend your time doing something that helps you unplug from the stress of everyday life and brings you hygge.
Spend Time with Mother Nature
As you follow the Danish tradition of hygge, getting outside is another big part. Whether it’s snowing or raining, or the sun is brightly shining, even in winter, it is essential to spend some time in nature, observing Mother Nature’s gifts, and finding stillness, peace, and presence from breathing in the crisp cold air. Take a walk around your neighborhood, build a snowman with your children, hunt for wildflowers, marvel over a lake, stream, or river, or tend to your garden or greenhouse.
Enjoy the Company of Friends & Family
There is nothing better than spending the holiday season with friends, family, and loved ones. In addition, there is hardly a faster way to find hygge than by enjoying a family dinner, partaking in holiday traditions with loved ones, or even creating new holiday traditions with friends. From sharing home-cooked meals to seeking out new adventures or relaxing by the fireplace while you chat or dive into a classic holiday movie, make this season more about presence than presents.
To find hygge during the busy, and sometimes stressful, holiday season, prioritize presence over presents. Instead of spending hours and days shopping, dodging crowds, and hunting for that perfect Christmas gift, spend more time with loved ones or carve out some “me time” to relax and get cozy by the fireplace. However you choose to spend your time, do it mindfully. Close the laptop, put your phone on “do not disturb,” and just be in the moment, soaking it all in.
Throughout this holiday season, we hope you enjoy the peace it brings and experience many laughs and quality time with loved ones. As you incorporate more hygge into the days ahead, don’t forget to seek comfort and warmth from the winter floral arrangements here at Breen’s Florist. Whether you admire them in your own home, gift them to a loved one, or create a magnificent centerpiece for your family holiday table, flowers can offer a wealth of hygge during this season.