Hygge New Year Traditions are simple ways to usher in the New Year by adding our own personal stamp to the holiday with ideas that make our day just a little bit cozier.
How exciting is it that we get to start anew every New Year day? We are the artist and author of our experiences that we wish to include in the coming months ahead.
I think taking the time to pause and evaluate our lives is the perfect way to start the year off right. Adding in a new tradition to begin your journey into the New Year will have a ripple effect in the months to come.
Some of these New Year’s traditions come from around the world, and others are traditions that the Cozy Living members enjoy, and the rest were ideas from friends and family members.
I thought it would be fun to put together a variety of ideas to pick from so you can have the best New Year’s ever.
“The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.”Melody Beattie
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Here are the Hygge New Year Traditions
1. New Year’s Day brunch
Plan a casual brunch for all your friends. A fun idea for an invite is to attach your gathering information to a mini bottle of champagne.
Make a breakfast casserole, pick up some baked goods from your favorite bakery, and have coffee and juice available. Mimosa’s should also be on the menu.
Have your friends bring their New Year’s resolutions from last year. Read them out loud and talk about your progress on them. Make new resolutions for the upcoming year.
2. New Year’s Journal
The story of your life. Start each new year with a fresh journal to document the wisdom that was learned in the year, little things that made your day, hills that were climbed, and all the amazing people in your life.
Sometimes we forget how much we actually do in a year. A journal will help us remember how far we have come. If you struggle with getting started, these 100+ Hygge Journal Writing Prompts will help get you started.
3. Midnight Picnic in the Snow
If your idea of bringing in the New Year is enjoying the beauty of nature and spending some quiet time with those you love, then this idea will stir your soul.
Invite a few of your friends and family to your favorite outdoor spot. Build a bonfire and toast to having the best people to go into the new year by your side.
4. 12 Lucky Grapes
This unusual New Year’s Eve tradition is from Spain. Instead of kiss from your loved one, or toasting in the New Year – this tradition will have you standing by when the clock strikes twelve with a bowl of grapes.
Your objective is to eat one grape for each stroke of the gong. If you’re able to eat all twelve grapes before the gongs end, you will have good luck for the rest of the year.
5. New Year’s Gratitude Jar
One family I know has a gratitude jar. Throughout the year, the family writes down on slips of paper the things they are grateful for and places them in the jar.
On New Year’s Eve, the family reads the blessings out loud to the rest of the family members. They decided to focus on all the good that happened in their lives and to make sure the new year started off right.
6. Lucky in Love
One of the members of our cozy living group talked about a New Year’s tradition she picked up from Brazil. You wear red underwear to bed on New Year’s Eve. Doing this tradition ensures a lucky love life.
The cozy living member that shared this insight with the group has been happily married for 17 years. Both her and her husband wear their colorful undergarments and happily embrace the tradition. Who could argue with that?
7. Banging on Pots and Pans
This tradition has it’s roots in superstition. To ward off evil spirits, you go outside at the stroke of midnight with pots and pans.
You get to bang on the pots and pans with wooden spoons, screaming and hollering.
That sounds like a fun tradition to me. Anything evolving hollering, and I’m in.
8. New Year’s Eve Game Night
If you want a cozy New Year’s Eve, surrounded by friends and family – this is the tradition for you. Make your event a potluck, so you’ll have less work.
Have a variety of games to play and have some prizes ready for fun.
9. New Year’s Eve Champagne Toast
I was in a Facebook group and everyone was discussing their New Year’s Eve plans. One of the members said that she does the same thing every year and looks forward to it.
She prepares a charcuterie board for herself composed of all the things she loves. She has a bottle of champagne on ice chilling next to her bed.
As she’s snacking on her charcuterie board and sipping champagne, she spends the night writing in a journal all the good things that happened in the previous year, things she learned, lessons she will never repeat, and what ideas she will do in the next year to make it an even better year.
She felt like it is the perfect way to end one year and usher in the shiny New Year as a 365 days of endless possibilities.
10. A clean house leads to a fresh New Year
A tradition in Japan is to clean the entire house to welcome the new year. This ritual is called “oosouji.” Yumiko Sekine in her book Simplicity at Home gives her favorite recipe for her own natural cleaner using fresh orange peels.
Orange peels have limonene oil that is great for cutting through grease and conditions wood surfaces. Simply peel one orange for every 1/2 cup of water. Boil the water with the orange peel and let simmer 15 minutes. Let cool and pour into a spray bottle.
There’s an interesting tradition of thoroughly cleaning your house top to bottom before New Year’s Eve. At the stroke of midnight, you start sweeping out the bad energy in your home to usher in a fresh, clean New Year.
If you’re looking for ideas on how to Add Hygge Elements to Your Cleaning Routine, here’s the article to help you stay motivated.
11. Movie marathon
Bring all the blankets, pillows, and comforters down to the living room to start your movie marathon.
A family I know orders Chinese food and has movies picked out ready to watch that were filmed in each season. They show a spring, summer, fall, and winter movie. Then they watch a Christmas and New Year’s movie as the grand finale.
Staying dressed in their pajamas all day adds to the laid-back tradition. I put together a list of the Best Hygge Movies to Watch for a Cozy Night In here.
12. Annual time capsule
Keep tokens of significant moments throughout the year to add to your annual time capsule.
Whether your time capsule is a wooden box, a decorated cardboard box, or a special vessel that represents something significant about the year – it will be the gathering place for all the treasures your family gathered together.
13. Lucky food for New Year’s Day
We could all use a little bit more luck for the New Year. Eating the right food on New Year’s Day is a tradition that’s fun and might add a little more lady luck to your year.
Black-Eyed Peas – eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is a southern tradition. They are thought to bring prosperity. Add some greens to your dish and you’ll be doubling up your lucky efforts.
Greens – green is well-known as a lucky color. It symbolizes having more money and luck in your life. As an extra bonus, fresh greens add to your health.
Noodles – did you know that in Asian countries, they have a tradition of eating noodles on New Year’s Day? They are thought to lengthen your life as long as you don’t break or cut the noodles before they are in your mouth.
Pork – the reason pork is thought to be a lucky meat is because pigs root for food with their snout going forward. You don’t want to eat bird that can take flight, along with your luck.
14. New Year Predictions
One family writes down five different predictions for every family member. They put all the predictions in a sealed envelope and put it away until the following year.
On New Year’s Eve everyone reads their predictions for each other by the light of the fire.
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