Hygge for the Holidays

Hygge for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us and it is easy to get wrapped up in doing all the holiday things and overcommitting to the Santa visits, Nutcracker performances, and tree lightings, among other things.

Maybe blame it on social media for us feeling like we have to “keep up with the Jones,” but these days we put so much pressure on ourselves to make the season as magical as possible by packing our schedule, that come Christmas Eve (if not sooner), we are just depleted.

It is a challenge because as moms, we are usually the “magic makers” for our children’s holiday memories. The worry of potentially missing out can leave us feeling down and wondering “have we done enough?” While we are making the season memorable for our children, we should also prioritize our happiness, minimize stress levels (as much as reality allows), and perhaps re-evaluate what makes the season special, to begin with.

Last year I read The Danish Way of Parenting and one of the key concepts that stuck with me was the idea of hygge (pronounced hoo-guh).

Hygge is a Danish term that closely translates to “cozy” in English. In the book, the author says Danes claim hygge is one of their keys to happiness.

They prioritize times of togetherness and connection in a warm and inviting environment, particularly in winter. It is a way to minimize the noise of the outside world and focus on your loved ones. I’d like to propose bringing hygge into your home, particularly during the holiday rush as a way to slow down, enjoy the simple pleasures of the holiday season, and create some cozy memories with your family.

Before I share some ideas to create hygge in your home this year, I want to remind you that it is ok not to attend every single festivity that comes your way. For my family, I am limiting myself to a handful of holiday events this year. I encourage you to think about what is most important to you – whether it is a Santa visit, holiday tea, a party, a performance, or a parade. Prioritize the activities that will bring you and your family the most joy and do not commit because of “FOMO”.

Who is ready for a cozy holiday season?! If so, consider implementing some of these to create hygge in your home this year:

  • Bake cookies or pies. One tip – you can make extra cookie dough to freeze and hand out to neighbors and friends as holiday gifts!
  • Drink tea or hot chocolate together
  • Make homemade ornaments. There are plenty of recipes for salt dough ornaments and other ideas online.
  • Go on a nature walk to find greenery to add to your home holiday decor
  • Read holiday books together
  • Look through family photo albums
  • Light holiday candles
  • Play board games or do a puzzle
  • Wear warm fuzzy socks or snuggle under a weighted blanket for a movie – instant coziness booster!

I wish you all a warm and happy holiday season with your loved ones! If you tried any of these suggestions, I’d love to hear how your family enjoyed it!

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Tara Sierra
Tara was raised in Atlanta and graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She is taking a break from the corporate world to focus on raising her children, along with caring for her aging parents and volunteering. She enjoys sharing ideas on wellness, sustainability, staying engaged during a career break, and preserving family memories. Tara and her husband spent years traveling the world before kids, and plan to continue the tradition with them. When she squeezes in some free time, you might find her practicing yoga, writing, reading, or curating family photo books.