Find all of your hygge essentials such as Christmas trees, wreaths, decorations, gifts and mulled wine at Folies of Stansted
Folies of Stansted's Sally Lewis lets Indie readers in on her best secrets for embracing hygge, the Danish concept of cosiness and conviviality, this winter...
Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is the Danish word that sums up the ultimate in comfort, cosiness and wellbeing.
It is a long tradition in Scandinavia to celebrate throughout November and December by embracing/hugging (hygge) and enjoying the darker evenings and colder nights.
And there are plenty of hygge traditions that we can all enjoy.
Keep things simple – throw out the high heels and party dresses and replace them with cosy slippers, snuggly clothes and warm lighting.
If you have a hearth or a little alcove in your home, fill it with candles for an exquisite and radiant sense of a home fire. St Eval's candle Christmas scents, such as inspiritus, orange & cinnamon and winter thyme, will be sure to create the hygge atmosphere that everyone craves during the cold months.
Invite your friends to come for a workshop to your own home or to an event held elsewhere. Wreath making, gingerbread making and home-made crafts (to name a few) are some of the favourites to create mental wellbeing, a sense of community and to get you into the Christmas spirit.
Here are some easy steps to follow to make a beautiful natural wreath for your door.
- Use moss wired on to a ring to make a soft and damp base to tie your foliage.
- Collect lots of different evergreen foliage to create a variety of colour and texture.
- Make small bundles of your foliage to make mini bouquets in a fan-like shape and wire the bundles onto the mossed ring.
- If you like a bit of bling, add any glitzy bits and little baubles, or even home-made dried orange slices, to your wreath.
- Hang your beautiful creation on your door.
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a heart-warming drink such as mulled wine or a more traditional Scandinavian drink called 'the glogg', which is packed with cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. Get ready for your entire home to be infused with the scent of Christmas with this recipe at cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1448-swedish-mulled-wine-glogg.
Finally, if you are buying a Christmas tree, perhaps think about buying the most sought-after, Rolls Royce of Christmas trees by luxuriating in a Nordmann non-drop.
The cold climate in Scandinavia is the ultimate for growing the most amazing trees as the severe frosts make the trees shut down for the winter, helping to set the needles, hence why they are known as non-drop trees.
We hope these tips get you on your way to having the utmost happy hygge holiday.
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