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Hygge New Year Traditions for 2023

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 a little bit cozier.  

If you’re looking for more ideas on how to add coziness to your life, 31 Hygge New Year’s Resolutions and How to Hygge: 31 of the Best Cozy Ideas will help you on your journey.

Hygge New Year Traditions - Bottle of champagne, two flutes of champagne, and clock.
Hygge New Year Traditions

How exciting is it that we start anew every New Year’s Day? We are the artists and authors of our experiences that we wish to include in the coming months.  

Taking the time to pause and evaluate our lives is the perfect way to start the year off right.  Adding a new tradition to begin your journey into the New Year will have a ripple effect throughout the year.  

Some of these New Year’s traditions come from around the world; 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 various 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 

New Year Traditions - New Year's Day Brunch - Table Full of Breakfast Foods
New Year Traditions – 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

Hygge New Year Traditions - New Journal
Hygge New Year Traditions – New Journal

The story of your life. Start each new year with a fresh journal to document the wisdom learned in the year, little things that made your day, hills that were climbed, and all the amazing people in your life.  

Sometimes, we need to remember 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 

Fun New Year Traditions - Winter Picnic - Plaid Blanket with Thermos and Coffee Mugs
Fun New Year Traditions – Winter Picnic

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 by your side to go into the new year.  

4. 12 Lucky Grapes 

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The Best New Year Traditions – Lucky Grapes

This unusual New Year’s Eve tradition is from Spain. Instead of a kiss from your loved one or a toast 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 can 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

New Year Traditions - Gratitude Jar with Tied Rolled Notes
New Year Traditions – Gratitude Jar

One family I know has a gratitude jar. Throughout the year, the family writes down the things they are grateful for on slips of paper 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 right.  

6. Lucky in Love

New Year Traditions - Red Panties
New Year Traditions – Red Panties

One of our cozy living group members 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 who shared this insight with the group has been happily married for 17 years.  She and her husband wear colorful undergarments and happily embrace the tradition. Who could argue with that?  

7. Banging on Pots and Pans 

New Year's Eve Rituals - Banging on Pots and Pans. Copper Pans Hanging from Hooks with Spices Above Them
New Year’s Eve Rituals – Banging on Pots and Pans

This tradition has its 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 involving hollering, I’m in.  

8. New Year’s Eve Game Night  

New Year Traditions - New Year's Eve Game Night - Board Game
New Year Traditions – 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 various games to play and some prizes ready for fun.

9. New Year’s Eve Champagne Toast 

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New Year’s Eve Traditions – Champagne Toast

I was in a Facebook group discussing their New Year’s Eve plans. One member said 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 learned, lessons never to be repeated, and what ideas she will do in the next year to make it an even better year.  

She felt like it was the perfect way to end one year and usher in the shiny New Year as 365 days of endless possibilities.

10. New Year‘s Day Clean House

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New Year Traditions – Cleaning Your Home

A tradition in Japan is to clean the entire house to welcome the new year. This ritual is called “oosouji.” In her book Simplicity at Home, Yumiko Sekine 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 condition wood surfaces. Peel one orange for every 1/2 cup of water. Boil the water with the orange peel and let simmer for 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

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New Year’s Day Traditions – Movie Marathon

Bring all the blankets, pillows, and comforters to the living room to start your movie marathon.  

A family I know orders Chinese food and has movies picked out for New Year’s Eve. They show movies filmed in spring, summer, fall, and winter. After they finish those movies, 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 compiled a list of the Best Hygge Movies to Watch for a Cozy Night In here.

12. Annual Time Capsule  

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New Year Traditions – 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 unique vessel representing something significant about the year, it will be the gathering place for all the treasures your family gathered together.

13. New Year’s Day Lucky Foods

Hygge New Year Traditions - Lucky Food - Black-Eyed Peas in a Bowl
Hygge New Year Traditions – Lucky Food

We could all use more luck for the New Year. Eating the right food on New Year’s Day is a fun tradition and gives you a lucky streak in the upcoming 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 a bonus, fresh greens add to your health.  

Noodles – Did you know that Asian countries have a tradition of eating noodles on New Year’s Day? They are thought to lengthen your life if you don’t break or cut the noodles before they are in your mouth.  

Pork – Pork is considered a lucky meat because pigs root for food with their snout going forward. You want to avoid eating birds that can take flight, along with your luck.

14. New Year Predictions

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Happy New Year Traditions – 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.  

15. Fondue Party

New Year Traditions - Fondue by the Fireplace
New Year Traditions – Fondue by the Fireplace

If you’re looking for a cozy way to end the year, host a fondue night with friends and family. Gather around a pot of decadent, velvety cheese fondue, surrounded by an array of yummy delights to dip.

As the clock nears midnight, your room will be filled with laughter and melted cheese’s warm, comforting aroma. It’s the perfect way to share stories, make resolutions, and savor the simple pleasures of good company and delicious food, ushering in a new year filled with hope and excitement.

Fondue Recipes and Dipping Ideas

We’ve reached the end of Hygge New Year’s Traditions. I hope you enjoyed it. 

Let me know in the comments below how you liked Hygge New Year Traditions. What is your favorite New Year tradition? Let me know in the comments below.

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Thanks for stopping by. I’m so happy you found us!  

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Tuesday 27th of December 2022

16 years ago,I started throwing a New Years Day party that’s now it’s so popular,I hear guests saying they aren’t going out the night before to save themselves for our party!!! Visualize a sea of bay candles, fireplace and a Christmas tree. Black eye peas in the crockpot…and guests bringing amazing food. Think out of the box…! We now added an outside area with our smokeless fire pit. Do it!


Tuesday 27th of December 2022

Hello Nan! That sounds like a magical evening. I love it. Kelly


Tuesday 31st of December 2019

I’m loving these! I need to make new traditions because mine are boring. I’m loving the brunch idea. I’m about to go out and get myself a pair of red panties too! TMI just kidding. I’d absolutely love to have a midnight picnic in the snow, we never really get snow though.


Tuesday 31st of December 2019

Hello Leslie! I'm so glad you liked it. I got it done at the very last minute! Kelly

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