What is hygge you ask? Hygge is the defining quality of Danish culture. It doesn’t have a direct translation to English, but means warm + cozy + content + gracious. It means enjoying life’s simple pleasures – family, friends, food, feelings. So our goal for the next few months is to embrace hygge and enjoy this Wisconsin winter, no matter how cold or dark it may be!
Enjoying Winter by Embracing Hygge
Get Outside…and Enjoy It
Thank goodness we have a dog because it gives us a reason to get outside multiple times a day. If it weren’t for Axel, there is a strong chance I wouldn’t leave the house for days. Our goal this winter: take 2-3 walks a day. Whether it is taking the dog for a walk, hiking through the county grounds park, snowshoeing up north, or doing a quick lap around the block – the goal is to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the sunshine (or snowflakes).
Create a Cozy Environment
I’m going to be honest when I say our Christmas decorations may not come down for a while…I’ve been loving spending time in front of the Christmas tree and fireplace – feeling the warmth and watching the twinkle lights. The Christmas lights and candles help to bring a cozy light to our living room when it is pitch black and shades are drawn by 5pm.
My winter MO – bulky sweaters, UGG boots, lots of blankets, and a warm drink in my hand. I’m definitely not happy when I’m cold, so you can bet you’ll find me bundled up, snuggling my baby, and sipping on some hot cocoa most nights before bed. Who wouldn’t be happy doing that?!
Plan Quality Time
I like being cozy and content by myself, reading a good book and snoozing on the couch in front of the fireplace, but I also don’t like being a hermit. My goal this winter is to plan some quality time with family and friends – that way I know I’ll make it out of the house and have something fun to look forward to on those long, dark nights (the trashy, mindless TV can wait).
Cook Warm, Soulful Meals
There’s a reason soups and stews are so popular in the winter. We’ll be breaking out the crockpot and making lots of warm, soulful, hearty, nourishing meals and enjoying them at the dinner table together. Plus, crockpot dinners are super easy, and the less prep and clean up I have to do, the happier I’m gonna be!
What are your best tips for surviving the brutal Wisconsin winters? I’d love to hear them – leave a note in the comments below! XO