Winter is the time when we’re finally able to slow down and give ourselves a rest and renew our spirit. There’s something so magical about the final season of the year. 31 Winter Hygge Ideas to Nurture Yourself will set you on the right path to embracing the cozy side of living.
“It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.” – John Burroughs
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.
This list is not something to add more tension to your life by trying to complete each task, but simply to offer ideas from which you pick and choose.
Here are 31 Winter Hygge Ideas to Nurture Yourself:
1) Bring nature inside.
Since you’ll be spending so much more time indoors, you’ll want to make sure you surround yourself with living plants. Small potted living Christmas trees, poinsettias, Christmas cactus, and forcing paperwhites to bloom are just some of the ideas of including nature in your home.
2) Hills to conquer.
When was the last time you went sledding? It’s time to find the best hill and have some good old-fashioned fun again.
3) Art critic.
Winter is the perfect time to explore local art galleries and find the art pieces that stir your soul. You can go to museums, galleries and even go to a school art exhibit.
4) Seasonal flavors.
Make sure you enjoy a sampling of the flavors of the season. Bake some sweet potatoes, cranberry muffins or enjoy a mug of peppermint hot chocolate.
5) Fireplace picnic.
Instead of having a picnic outside, spread a blanket in front of a roaring fire in your living room. Roast marshmallows, drink hot apple cider out of a thermos and have a picnic basket standing by filled with yummy treats to devour with your love.
6) Love thy neighbors.
Winter can be hard for everyone, including your feathered friends. Pick a tree that you can easily see from one of your windows and set up feeders for the birds. You can add a heated water bowl and take a seat by the window and enjoy the show.
7) Decorate the front porch.
Make sure your home is a place where you feel good the minute you enter the front door by decorating the front porch with seasonal decor. It’s a good thing I wrote a post about it. Here are 15 Winter Front Porch Decorating Ideas.
8) Home spa.
Turn your bathroom into a home spa. It’s time to splurge in this department because you want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Thick fluffy towels, relaxing music, and a bathtub pillow are just some of the things you might include in your tranquility room. I wrote a blog post How to Create the Ultimate Christmas Bubble bath here.
9) Childhood treats.
It’s time to bring back a few treasured childhood memories. What was the food items you loved when you were a child? Make yourself a dinner that reminds you of when you felt especially cared for when you were young. Some examples of this is a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. Savor every bite.
10) Host a bonfire.
Even though winter brings a chill, you want to create special memories bundling up and enjoying this time with your friends. A bonfire party doesn’t have to be a lot of work if you make it a potluck.
11) Embrace flannel & plaid.
Who doesn’t just love the feel of flannel? Add a buffalo plaid design, and you have perfection. Buy yourself plaid flannel sheets or wear your favorite plaid shirt. Now is the season to show off your casual side.
12) Gingerbread house.
Bake your own homemade gingerbread house and make it an annual tradition. Take pictures of each year’s creation and see if you can top yourself.
13) Master plan.
Schedule a day or two for just you. Light a fire, play beautiful music and write out what your dream life looks like in a new journal. Take the time for yourself to think about what you want. Then create the steps that will take you in the direction of the life you authored.
14) Snow photography.
Take your camera and get out there and take some amazing pictures. Whether you go on a solo journey, or you take your family or friends – there are so many fun things to record during this time of year. Close-ups of snowflakes, snow angels, neighborhood snowmen, and holiday decorations are just some of the ideas to explore. Even the shop windows are a feast for the eyes.
15) Snowshoe at midnight.
Grab a friend and head outdoors for a midnight snowshoe for a different perspective. Make sure you plan a night under the full moon and pack some warm drinks and snacks for the trip.
16) Fondue meal.
Break out the fondue pot that is gathering dust in the back of your cupboard and start using it once again. Once a week try a different recipe and rotate the course you use it for – appetizer, main meal or dessert.
Winter is the perfect time to catch up on all that reading that you let slide because of your busy life. Keep a stack of those books on your bedside table to dive into on cold winter evenings.
18) Winter carnival.
There are some amazing winter carnivals going on all over the world, and it’s time for you see what all the fuss is about. St. Paul, MN has a Winter Carnival that features a Moonglow Parade, Ice Palace, Snow Sculpting Contest, Giant Snow Slide and Barstool Ski Race. You can find more information about it here. The Quebec Winter Carnival also has some fun activities like the Canoe Race, Charlesbourg Night Parade, Bonhomme’s Ice Palace, Masquerade Ball and they also have a Snow Sculpture Contest. You can find information about it here.
19) That’s show business.
Make sure you see one major show every winter. Whether you prefer a symphony, play, dance or you want to see a singer coming to your area, be sure to treat yourself to one night out on the town.
20) High tea.
Look for somewhere in your area to enjoy an afternoon tea and invite that special friend along that has been there for you throughout the year. I can’t get enough of those yummy crustless tea sandwiches, and I’m sure neither can you!
21) Figure eight.
Ice skating is a classic winter activity not to be missed. Make it a party by inviting your friends and family.
22) The best.
Spend the winter testing different recipes for the same food item. For instance, if you’re looking for an amazing chili recipe – try a different recipe once a week until you hit upon “the best” one. If you’re looking for an amazing meatloaf recipe, look no further than this Most Delicious Meatloaf Recipe Ever. Yep, it’s that good.
23) Pajama day.
Pick a day and make it your annual pajama day. On this day you will not do any chores, go anywhere, answer emails or text messages. It is your day to relax and do whatever you want to do. Have pizza delivered so you don’t even have to turn on the stove. Watch back-to-back black and white movies, look through old photographs, or simply catch up on some reading. Once you start this tradition, it will be a date you will look forward to all year.
24) Cozy cocktails.
It’s time to check out those famous bars in your area and splurge on a warm and cozy cocktail. Find out what bar has the best atmosphere and order one of their seasonal hot cocktails. Then go home and see if you can recreate it.
25) Online classes.
Teach yourself something remarkable this winter by taking an online class. Cake decorating, chalk lettering, foundations in metalsmithing bracelets, and sewing clothes into quilts are just some of the classes I found on one site.
26) Daily treasures.
At the start of winter, buy a large glass jar and fill it up with nature finds on your daily walk. Only the best will do, so look for that perfect acorn, the right shaped rock, or a sprig of holly. Don’t let the chilly air keep you indoors.
27) Cozy socks.
Start your cozy sock collection this winter.
28) Cooking class.
Take a look for some local cooking classes and find one that will appeal to your inner chef. Whether you want to learn to make a better pie, make homemade pasta, or even try your hand at your favorite ethnic cuisine – it’s always more fun to do it with other people.
29) Game night.
Start a game night with your closest friends and make it a potluck.
30) Dream garden.
When you can’t take one more day of snow, make that the day you plan your spring garden. Draw out the changes you would like to make. Look online for the type of plants, flowers, and trees you would like to have.
31) Starry skies.
Grab some blankets and chairs and look up into the sky. See if you can find all the constellations. Star gazing is magical, especially
We’ve reached the end of 31 Winter Hygge Ideas to Nurture Yourself. Let me know in the comments below if you tried any of the ideas.
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