31 Winter Hygge Ideas to Nurture Yourself will set you on the right path to embracing the cozy side of living. There’s something so magical about the final season of the year.
“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
Winter is the time when we’re finally able to slow down and give ourselves a rest and renew our spirit.
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.
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Here are 31 Winter Hygge Ideas to Nurture Yourself:
Winter Hygge Idea #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, and forcing paperwhites to bloom are just some of the ideas of including nature in your home.
I have several rosemary bushes that are shaped like Christmas trees dotted throughout my rooms. I love the heavy herbal scent of rosemary and I dry some sprigs to throw in the fireplace.
A Christmas cactus is also a beautiful plant to have in your cottage. I love the dark pink tubular flowers. They are also pretty easy to care for, even if you don’t have a green thumb.
Winter Hygge Idea #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.
Make sure you layer your clothes and have a waterproof shell so you can make the most of your day. Sledding becomes a lot less fun when you’re cold and wet.
You can also bring also some hot beverages in a thermos and snacks for when you want to take a break.
Don’t forget to take a photos of your day to share with your friends and family.
Winter Hygge Idea #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.
I took an art class in college and one of the assignments was to go to a museum and study the paintings. We had to stand in front of a variety of art pieces and write down what we felt about each piece. We also had to describe what we thought the artist was trying to say through his or her work.
When the teacher read the descriptions we each wrote, it was amazing to hear what each student got out of each painting. I’ve never looked at paintings the same way!
In addition to paintings, there are sculptures, photographs, pottery, stained glass, drawings, tapestries, and printmaking.
Winter Hygge Idea #4 – Seasonal flavors.
Make sure you enjoy a sampling of the flavors of the season. Winter is the time of year we use our ovens a lot, and the intoxicating smells of a buttery roasting roast, chicken and dumplings, and chili cooking on the stovetop makes anyone’s mouth water.
Fruits that are in season in winter are: grapefruit, oranges, pears, pomegranates, bananas, cranberries, pineapples, persimmons, lemons, limes, kiwifruit, avocados, and apples are just some of the best at this time year.
Vegetables that are in season in winter are: beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, collard greens, kale, leeks, onions, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, yam, Swiss chard, turnips, and winter squash.
Other tastes of winter are gingerbread, peppermint, buttery sauces, comfort foods like chicken and dumplings, and even fermented foods are just some options to tantalizing your tastebuds.
Winter is also the time of year where we use the pickled vegetables and preserves we canned from the summer harvest.
Winter Hygge Idea #5 – Fireplace picnic.
Your fireplace gets its most use during the winter. What are some ideas on taking advantage of this cozy time of year and using your fireplace to it’s full advantage?
Instead of having a picnic romantic outside, spread a blanket in front of a roaring fire in your living room. Have a picnic basket loaded full of finger foods and maybe even a poetry book. A bottle of wine and a pair of wine glasses ready should be nearby to toast to your future with your love.
Roast marshmallows, drink hot apple cider out of a thermos, and even learning how to cook in your fireplace are just some of the ideas for winter fare.
How about having a movie marathon watching movies that take place in a snowy environment in front of your roaring fire?
Your children can build a blanket fort and pretend they are outside in a forest with only a fire to keep them warm. Read adventure books and make crafts that the kids will love.
You could also invite your friends over for a cozy game night in front of the fire. Make a charcuterie board as an easy way to feed the group.
Winter Hygge Idea #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.
Winter Hygge Idea #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.
Winter Hygge Idea #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.
Winter Hygge Idea #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.
Winter Hygge Idea #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.
Winter Hygge Idea #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.
Winter Hygge Idea #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.
Winter Hygge Idea #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.
Winter Hygge Idea #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.
Winter Hygge Idea #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.
Winter Hygge Idea #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 Hygge Idea #17 – Bookathon.
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.
Winter Hygge Idea #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.
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.
Winter Hygge Idea #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.
Winter Hygge Idea #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!
Winter Hygge Idea #21 – Figure eight.
Ice skating is a classic winter activity not to be missed. Make it a party by inviting your friends and family.
Winter Hygge Idea #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.
Winter Hygge Idea #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.
Winter Hygge Idea #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.
Winter Hygge Idea #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.
Winter Hygge Idea #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.
Hygge Winter Idea #27 – Cozy socks.
Start your cozy sock collection this winter.
Hygge Winter Idea #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.
Hygge Winter Idea #29 – Game night.
Start a game night with your closest friends and make it a potluck.
Hygge Winter Idea #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.
Winter Hygge Idea #31 – Starry skies.
Grab some blankets and chairs and look up into the sky. See if you can find all the constellations. Stargazing is magical, especially
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