"A hyggelig Christmas begins and ends with family and friends. Those are the people we feel safe around, the ones who make us feel comfortable. They know us, and we enjoy spending time with them because we love them. Time and time again, the quality our social relations has been shown to be one of the best predictors for our emotional well-being."
- Meik Wiking, The Little Book of Hygge
How to Hygge Christmas
First, I want you to grab you hot chocolate, something to write with and something to write on and sink into your comfort in your favorite spot in your home. While sipping, think about what makes Christmas special for you. From childhood up to now, what do you love?
"Think of the most Christmassy feeling you've ever had: can you imagine every detail? What made it Christmas for you? What emotions do you remember? ... You are looking to build up a sensory blanket to surround yourself with, so that this can be the base upon which you build your Christmas wish list." ~ Jo Kneale, Have Yourself a Very Hygge Christmas
Next Step: Beginning to Plan Your Hygge Christmas
Based on Your Wish List
(1) Plan to decorate in ways that remind you of those special Christmas moments you remembered. Even you want modern decorations, you can use symbols of what you loved in the past.
(2) Create a morning routine that includes pieces of those memories - you could light a tealight candle whose scent is one you love, or listen to one or more nostalgic carols or songs from Christmases past.
(3) You also might wear any colors that came to you as part of what feels like Christmas to you. Make sure it's hygge cozy, so it feels as good on as it looks.
(4) Watch favorite Christmas shows or movies that remind you of your Christmas innocence & delight, but also add new ones that will help you feel connected to those feelings & memories.
(5) Bake Christmas delights that you remember making with your mom or grandmother, or that you gobbled up at parties, or other Christmas occasions.
This list of suggestions is just to get you started. Be sure to add anything I've left out, so you can create those moments during this holiday season.
And if you didn't have positive associations with Christmas growing up, you can start fresh now, and dream up the holiday season you'd like to experience.
A note about winter blues: I, personally, have several Christmases I remember experiencing through the filter of winter blues. Has that been the case for you, too?
From my heart, I wish for something different for both of us this time! Focus not just on creating the special moments but on eliminating as many winter blues symptoms as you can.
My stated goal was always "not to know it's winter!" Well... I am not sure that kind of winter perfection is possible. But I have come to know that winter happiness is possible.
Wishing that for you, with love!