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I’m sure you’ve seen the buzzy word hygge floating around the Internet lately, but you may be asking, what is hygge exactly? Pronounced hue-gah, it’s a Danish term that refers to the charming and cozy aspects of winter. If you’re dealing with single-digit temps right now, you might be thinking there is nothing especially charming or cozy about this season! I feel you, but I also think it’s time we embrace the concept of hygge, since we can’t change the weather. The Danish believe we should make the winter as enjoyable as possibly in the simplest ways, so here are 5 ways to practice hygge this winter.
1. Take a long, warm bath
Self-care and warmth are big parts of hygge. Put on some relaxing music, grab your favorite bath products, lay back and relax! Use this time to catch up on that list of books you’ve been meaning to read, or turn on an audio version so you can close your eyes. Make a spa day out it, giving yourself a manicure, pedicure, and facial afterward.
2. Snuggle up for a nostalgic movie night
Break out your coziest blankets, put on your softest socks, make a cup of tea or hot cocoa, and turn on your favorite childhood movie. It’s often hard for Americans to “do nothing,” but what is hygge if not indulging in something that’s completely relaxing and unproductive?
3. Enjoying a delicious bowl of soup
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4. Break out the board games
Hygge isn’t all about solitude, and when’s the last time you actually unplugged from technology and played a board game? Whether you play with your family or friends, you’re bound to have fun and great conversation. What is hygge if not reconnecting with loved ones?
5. Write old-fashioned correspondence
I love to sit near the window on winter days, with my favorite candle burning, wearing my coziest fuzzy sweater, and handwriting letters to my loved ones on beautiful stationary. It really is a luxury to do this during this fast-paced time in my life, and I know the recipients enjoy receiving these letters.
It’s funny how the most liked images online are of quaint winter settings, yet we all dread the real onset of winter. I think it’s because we crave the slower pace, the indescribable peace in the air after freshly fallen snow, and the glow of a fire (if only from a candle). What is hygge? It’s finding simple ways of embracing all of these things, and knowing that they won’t last forever.
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About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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