31 Fall Hygge Traditions and Ideas will help you slow down and enjoy this gorgeous season. There’s something about fall that revitalizes the soul.
“Hygge happens when we commit to the pleasure of the present moment in its simplicity. It’s there in the things we do that give everyday life value and meaning, that comfort us, make us feel at home, rooted and generous.” – Louisa Thomsen Brits
Summer flies by at a hurried pace, but fall is the time we allow ourselves to catch up with our bodies and drink in the season’s magic.
Hygge is a term used by the Danish, who has been determined to be the happiest group of people on earth. It’s a lifestyle that celebrates living in the moment, finding beauty in simplicity, and nurturing yourself and others with coziness.
As trees shed their brightly colored leaves, we should also strive to release the stress and busyness surrounding us.
It’s time to slow down and enjoy simple pleasures and the bounties of the season graciously offered.
This list is not something to add more tension to your life by trying to complete each task, but to offer ideas from which you pick and choose.
How do you pronounce Hygge?
Hygge is not pronounced the way you think it is. “Hoo-gah” is the correct way to say it. If you want even more clarification, there are Youtube videos that will help you out.
Where did Hygge originate?
The word hygge originally came from Norway. It’s translation loosely meant well-being.
The Danish adopted the word as their own, and they embody the hygge lifestyle. Danes are among the happiest people in the world, and they attribute their happiness in part to hygge.
What is Hygge?
Hygge cannot be summarized in just a word or even a sentence.
The best way I can describe it is an outlook on life that focuses on simple pleasures, and taking the time to cultivate more of them in your life.
It’s when you give your body, mind, and spirit a rest and enjoy the good things in life.
You take the time to appreciate a sunrise or sunset, reading a book in front of crackling fire, taking the time to savor a delicious mug of gourmet tea, and spending time with friends and family in a comfortable setting.
What is a Hygge Lifestyle?
Instead of living your life on autopilot, hygge is a way of life that makes sure you live your life in a way that brings deep contentment to your soul.
Sometimes the outer things in life (money, power, achievements) aren’t the things that will make us happy. A hygge life encourages us to look at what truly brings us joy and make sure we include those things in our days.
Resources on Hygge Living:
I love a YouTube channel with a host that actually lives in Denmark. You can find it here.
Here’s an article on how two friends got together and created a company devoted to hygge wallpaper. This article is in Forbes magazine. You can find it here.
Creating a Cozy Life Group:
Since you found this article on creating hygge, I’m guessing you like all things cozy living. I created a Facebook group called Creating a Cozy Life with over 54,000 like-minded souls.
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Here are 31 Fall Hygge Activities to Rejuvenate Your Soul:
1. Plant tulips
Planting bulbs in your garden to bloom in spring will be fun for the whole family.
I was fortunate enough to live near tulip farms in Washington State for a while. Every year, I would head to the tulip farms in April to look at the magical display of blooms dotting the landscape.
Pale pink and white tulips danced in the front yard of my previous house every spring.
Occasionally, I would find another color tulip, compliments of my resident squirrels that would dig up neighbor’s tulips and plant them in my yard.
I love that there are so many different types of flowers to choose from. They come in with such a wide array of colors too.
The effort now will give you joy, year after year. October is the best month for planting.
2. Make chili
Nothing says fall like a big pot of chili and some homemade cornbread.
Whether you prefer vegetarian or a hearty, meaty chili, it’s the perfect excuse to invite a few friends over to enjoy a bowl and take note of the crisp autumn air.
I think chili is one of those dishes that make you feel so nourished when autumn starts.
Maybe it’s because we love creating our own bowls of yumminess by adding our favorite condiments for the utmost perfect fall hygge dish.
3. Beautiful blessings
Fall is also the season to be thankful for all the abundance in our lives. Instead of just thinking about what we are grateful for, how about writing it all down in a journal?
It’s easy to focus on the negative and our endless to-do lists. What if we made a daily effort to realize how lucky we really are?
Even the simplest things deserve our gratitude. Hot water, a roof over our heads, kindness from strangers, and even a rainy day is cause to celebrate.
4. Fireplace meal
A real fire in a fireplace is simply magical. Cooking a meal in your fireplace is even more extraordinary.
One of the most memorable dinners I went to was to visit one of my cousins in their new home.
His wife made homemade pasta, and the rest of the meal was placed in foil packets and cooked in a fire in their stone hearth.
For some reason, that meal tasted better than the ones I’ve eaten in fancy restaurants. It’s a memory that I’ll never forget.
5. Go apple picking
Picking apples right off the tree is a fun way to spend a fall hygge day.
You can plan the day with your family or girlfriends and then go home and have a cooking party to make the most out of your bounty.
It’s also a great time to get photographs of your family in such a beautiful setting.
Apple pies, cider, applesauce, and baked apples are just some ways to enjoy the spoils of the day.
In my previous house, I was lucky enough to have three apple trees full of ready-to-pick apples in October. I would save up all the apple recipes I wanted to try and go to town that month.
Fall hygge and apples go hand-in-hand.
6. Hit the road
Rent a convertible if you can and travel to the best places to see the leaves changing colors. Bring a picnic along to sit under the trees and watch each leaf drift to the ground.
Make sure you bring food that celebrates the season like hot cocoa, pumpkin bread, and soup.
Think about how many fall seasons in the past have whirled that you never had the time to fully experience.
It’s time to slow down and take the time to marinate in all the autumn bounties of the season.
7. Cabin in the woods
You might even want to expand your drive and rent a cabin deep in the woods. Make this an annual tradition to enjoy a weekend away from it all and reconnect with loved ones.
Bring along your hiking boots, board games, family photo albums, and camera for a vacation to warm your heart and soul.
Make sure you unplug from all your devices and spend some time outdoors.
Recently, we went exploring a lake that is a couple hours north of our home. It would make the perfect place to rent a cabin to take in the changing of the leave.
Take a look on a map of the different locations you haven’t had time to explore and see which ones look like a cozy place to stay.
8. Make pumpkin bread
Or pumpkin anything. The arrival of pumpkin patches gives a tug on everyone’s heartstrings.
Carving up a pumpkin and creating baked goods from scratch will signal the start of this beautiful season. The incentive for going to all this trouble is making roasted pumpkin seeds.
Who doesn’t love roasted pumpkin seeds? They are so darn good. On top of everything, they are a healthy treat!
One of the simple ways I like to add to pumpkin to my food is by adding one to two tablespoons of pumpkin puree stirred into my oatmeal. Then I add a little brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice to top it off.
Here’ some ideas for your pumpkin recipes:
Pumpkin sheet cake
Pumpkin French toast
Pumpkin bundt cake
Pumpkin dinner rolls
Pumpkin bread pudding
I think you’re starting to see the endless possibilities…
9. Decorate your front porch
Adding touches of fall to your front porch is the perfect way to welcome guests to your home.
Some fun ideas to get started with on your fall front porch are:
Pumpkins and squash
Fall mums (these are so inexpensive and make your front porch beautiful!)
Wood “harvest” sign
Leaf garland with fairy lights
Wreath with miniature pumpkins
Old ladder with plaid quilts
10. Soup night
Now that the cool weather is upon us – pick a designated night every week for soup night. Add a delicious salad and a rustic loaf of bread, and you have yourself a meal everyone will enjoy.
I recently asked the Cozy Living Members what their most memorable bowl of soup was and where did they first taste it? Quite a few members answered it was their mother’s homemade soup that was the best.
Soup is a way to build happy memories with your family and friends.
You might want to try my recipe for To-Die-For Rustic Hungarian Mushroom Soup to start your new tradition. Yes, it really is that good.
11. Take up knitting
Or crocheting. Perhaps needlepoint? Use your hands to create something beautiful for yourself or home.
Spending time on a project that relaxes you is always an excellent way to enjoy a quiet evening at home.
We sometimes forget we need downtime too. Life is hectic. Starting a craft that brings tranquility to your life is just what the doctor ordered.
Here are some ideas on hygge crafts:
This hobby is a bit of an investment, but worth the price. Handmade pottery is something I collect.
I think everyone would rather fill their cupboards with items made from the heart, versus things made in a factory.
I love that adult coloring books have become so popular now. There’s a reason children like to color so much. It’s such a creative and relaxing activity.
There are even hygge coloring books you can buy now. Here’s one on Amazon.
Once upon a time, I had a grumpy neighbor. He was angry all the time and very vocal about his issues with everyone in the little apartment complex where I lived.
I decided that he was just a lonely, older gentleman that needed a little kindness. Every day I went out of my way to wave at him and say hello. At first, my friendliness was not welcome. He would scowl every time I acknowledged him. Over time, I wore him down.
It turns out, he had PTSD from his time spent in the military.
He ended up becoming a friend. What was so funny was that everyone in my small apartment unit also became friends with him because of the shift in his outlook.
What on earth does this have to do with puzzles? He started a hobby of putting together 3-D puzzles and invited my neighbors over to help him. He said they helped relax him.
If puzzles can help a traumatized veteran, I know they can help calm anyone’s nerves.
For more ideas on starting a hygge craft or hobby, check out 31 Hygge Hobbies to Try.
12. Make a scarecrow
A homemade scarecrow in your garden would be fun for the whole family to create.
A scarecrow doesn’t have to wear jeans. You could have her wear a dress and an apron. If you’re ambitious, each family member can make one his or her self.
You could use the old clothes that you no longer wear, or hit the thrift stores for a contest who can find the best outfit.
How about making homemade scarecrows for your friends and family members?
13. Moonlight fishing
There’s something so energizing about the moon. Most of us don’t spend enough time enjoying it.
Have you ever been out fishing at night? If not, why not?
Now that darkness arrives earlier, you can head out to the nearest lake and catch your dinner.
Think of all the beautiful memories you can make with your family by teaching them to marinate in the world’s beauty.
15. Homestead living
Fall is the perfect time to learn a new skill that you can use in your home. Learn to make homemade bread…salty, crusty, chewy bread that will be worth every carb.
How about taking a class on making your own cheese? Or brew your own beer?
One of my friends loves to ferment her food. She started with a couple of recipes and ended up being the go-to gal for fermenting.
Spend the fall season becoming an expert in your new skill and when you have mastered it, give your new talent away as Christmas gifts.
15. Cozy nook
Create a comfortable retreat in one corner of your house to relax in at the end of the day.
Make sure your chair is comfortable, and you have an ottoman. Have a thick blanket nearby and a side table to hold all your books and a cup of tea.
Take the time to nurture yourself from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Making our homes a more peaceful environment is something so important to our lives. Here are 13 Ways to Create a More Peaceful Home.
16. Harvest nails
If you get your nails professionally done, why not add a bit of whimsy to your look by having pumpkins or leaves painted on your fingernails?
If you prefer a simpler look, use fall colors to celebrate the season. Here’s a gorgeous shade of orange nail polish that would be perfect!
17. Candlelight magic
With the change of each season comes different smells that we associate with it.
Make your home smell fantastic by burning fall scented candles that bring back happy memories of previous autumns.
There are so many different scents of fall, pick your favorite smell to add the season to your home.
Some fall candle scent ideas are:
18. Board game night
Invite family and friends over for a board game night or put together puzzles for cozy fall nights.
When was the last time you indulged in some old-fashioned fun? To make it easy on yourself, have a potluck.
Old-fashioned favorite games are still fun to play, but now there are so many more games to pick from that will compliment your favorite games.
There’s even a game devoted to hygge. You can find that Hygge game here on Amazon.
Who knows, this might turn out to be a weekly tradition!
19. Family heirlooms
Why do you have family heirlooms tucked away so no one can see them? Break out grandma’s rolling pin and make some gingerbread cookies.
I have a collection of old rolling pins displayed in a wooden basket. They bring such a nostalgic touch to my kitchen.
How about warming yourself with grandpa’s coat? You can display it on a rustic peg rack.
Even inanimate objects have energy, so immerse yourself in awe of knowing someone you treasured used to use your treasured item.
20. Pajama day
Spend one entire day in your pajamas. Plan a day full of things to relax you.
Start your morning off by enjoying coffee in the backyard and observing nature bustling with life.
Look through old photos, watch a marathon of your favorite movies, or finally start going through that stack of books you’ve meant to read.
You can also use this day to plan the rest of the year by writing in your journal.
By giving yourself time, you have more to bless others.
21. Picture perfect
Take a hundred photographs capturing what fall means to you.
Is it a slice of apple pie, boots waiting by the front door, or leaves in a stream?
How about photographing a pile of blankets or even your fall recipes?
By spending time looking for all the seasonal gifts, you’ll be more thankful for all its abundance.
22. Nurturing sleep
One of the reasons I love fall so much is the crisp autumn air. This morning I went out to walk my dog, and leaves were whirling in the air with a cool breeze.
I love adding layers of blankets and pillows to my bed and creating a toasty warm refuge.
If your bedroom isn’t comfortable, then make it a priority to change it.
A good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do for yourself, so make sure your bedroom reflects it. Here’s a chunky blanket that will cozy up any room.
23. Fall Scavenger hunt
Create a fall scavenger hunt with your kids.
Give your children baskets to collect their bounties and use the items in your decor or to create fun crafts with them.
You can use leaves, acorns, pinecones, squash, and mini pumpkins to create your works-of-art.
Make sure you take pictures of all the crafts you create, so you have a reminder of the unforgettable memories you made to look back on and share with future generations.
24. Autumn Restaurant sampler
Pick three favorite restaurants or mix with ones that you’ve wanted to try. Make sure they feature seasonal items on their menus.
Go to one restaurant for drinks and appetizers, the next restaurant for the main course, and the last restaurant for dessert.
Danish people pick restaurants based on the atmosphere. Look for places that ooze fall hygge.
25. Spread kindness
There’s a movement going on in the world, and the purpose is to spread joy.
Get involved in rock painting, and you’ll make new friends, spread hope, and love and make the world a little bit better. Read about becoming a Rock Angel here.
Rock painting is a fun activity that everyone in your family can enjoy. I love that grandparents find this movement a great way to connect with their grandchildren.
You don’t have to be an excellent painter to get started. Some simple designs look great, and even a beginner can master.
26. Autumn camping
Fall is the perfect time to go camping.
The crowded campgrounds are long gone, and you can enjoy state parks without all the hustle and bustle of summer traffic.
There’s a bit of stillness that will soothe your soul during this season.
Camping is the perfect way to enjoy the season through all your senses.
The sound of dried leaves as you make your way down forest paths, the smoke of the wood fire, the beauty of a foggy morning, and the taste of roasted marshmallows.
27. Fall bird migration
It’s time for migrating birds to head south. Think about how wonderful this reoccurring event that happens every year, and yet we never have time to enjoy the show.
Find out what birds in your area will be heading out-of-town and spend an afternoon bird watching.
You can also set up a food and water station to take care of the feathered friends that remain for the winter.
28. Pot pie love
There’s something so nostalgic about pot pie. It even sounds nourishing.
You can use your favorite herbs, fall vegetables, and meat to create these pots of wonder.
If you’ve never had homemade pot pie, then its time to head to the kitchen and make your own. Your family will love you for it.
29. Autumn bike riding
Load up your bike’s basket with a thermos of soup and a loaf of bread and take off enjoy fall leaves and the cool air.
At first, you can ride to spots close to home. Once you’ve soaked up all the autumn vibes in your neighborhood, drive your bike to neighboring quaint towns and cruise through the cutest streets.
Looking at how people like to decorate their front porches is something I make a point to enjoy every season.
30. Neighborly love
Autumn is the perfect time to reach out to your neighbors and offer bounties from the season.
You can give them a little fall hygge to start the season off right.
Whip up a batch of maple muffins and put in an orange bag tied with a raffia bow.
You could include a note of how lucky you are to have them so close to you.
31. Cozy autumn touches.
As the seasons change, you change your clothing types and colors.
Why not do the same to your home? Fall hygge is about enjoying the season to it’s fullest.
Add runners to your tables, throw comfy blankets over your chairs and couch, use pops of red, orange, and yellow to your rooms.
Your mantle is a fun way to showcase each season with garland and fall decor.
How about your front and back porch? You can add haystacks to your front porch and set pumpkins and gourds on top.
One of my previous neighbors loved to decorate her mailbox for each season. She thought it would bring a little pop of joy to all her neighbors.
Decorate with gourds, apples, pumpkins, and squash. You can find out ideas on how to decorate with them here.
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