It’s almost the official start of winter and in these chilly, dark months some find it hard to maintain their cheerful summery attitude and slump into these groggy, drizzly days with a harsh case of the winter blues. But here at Portlebay we like to see winter as one of our favourite season. Why? you may ask- because it’s the perfect time for a lil hygge!
Hygge (pronounced hoo-guh) is a phenomenon that has been blissfully introduced to us by the Danes and captivates their obsession with cosiness and contentment. Hygge isn’t as much a physical thing as it is about the way you feel and is most commonly described as a feeling or moment that is charming, special or cosy. Hygge can be embodied through candle lit rooms, mindful moments, good books, campfires with friends and taking life one cup of tea at a time.
For us there’s no better way to spend the winter than snuggled up with a bowl of popcorn watching our favourite movie, tucking into a sweet packet of Cinnamon swirl popcorn whilst playing a board game on a rainy day or making pretty decorations for the Christmas tree out of this tasty snack!
According to the telegraph news paper the countries that are most devoted to the hygge lifestyle (Finland, Denmark and Norway) are the top three happiest countries in the world! England is humbly placed at number nineteen in this list, and whilst that certainly means we aren’t miserable we believe there’s a thing or two we can learn from slowing down, enjoying the present and soaking up a little more hygge.
With this in mind we decided to kick of this beautiful frosty season with a hygge inspired blog post, influenced by a few quotes that truly promote that hyggelig feeling!
Here’s some tips on how to plan your very own wintery hygge weekend! After all weekends away are the best way to create hygge memories which are simply worth their weight in gold (go on, give it a try!).
Step 1 -C’mon lets get Hygge with it!
First of all, to fully indulge in hygge, you have to take a step back, grant yourself some time off work and choose a weekend to get away from all the hustle and bustle of your every day life. Planning a weekend away is a wonderful process in itself. There is something truly satisfying about the little spark of excitement you get from finding the perfect venue and contemplating all the fun things you can do there (for us this involves dreaming about the large amount of popcorn eating that will take place- YUM!). Looking for a location ripe for hygge means you want somewhere rural and relaxed where an opportunity for campfires, long walks or log burners is a definite possibility. Saying this however, it is arguable that hygge is less about where you are and more about who you are with. Therefore, ensuring that a few candles, board games, books, tasty snacks and good friends are on your packing list means you cant really go wrong!
Step 2- A little means a lot
A hygge weekend is all about doing wonderful little things with the people you love and all the little ways you let the people around you know you love them. For this we would recommend cooking meals together or lending your cosiest jumper to someone who forgot theirs (There’s always one!). Here are a few other perfect little hygge gestures-
- Making friendship bracelets.
- Putting fluffy socks on the radiator to warm them up before you all put them on.
- Bring someone coffee in bed in the morning.
- Baking some sweet treats to enjoy after a long walk.
- Reading a book out loud together (we would recommend something spooky or a childhood favourite!)
Step 3- who’s up for an adventure?
Nothing quite screams cosy and content over the feeling of stumbling back into a warm house after a long walk on a crisp winters day. The way the warm air hits you in the face and turns your cheeks rosy and gets your mouth watering for a delicious hot chocolate is simply perfect! The best way to find a beautiful countryside romp is to look up the local area online or pick up some local hiking brochures! Picking somewhere with pretty views and preferably a couple of pubs along the way makes the adventure even better. However, no matter how long and lovely the walk will be the best part is getting home and collapsing onto the sofa; achy feet, red nosed and above all happy.
Step 4- the realisation
So by now the question you are probably asking is ‘how will i know if i managed to achieve a hygge weekend?’. This daunting question is one that you shouldn’t let press to heavily on your mind, after all the aim is to relax, slow down and be comfortable in your surroundings not spend the whole time worrying if your hygge enough! Either way here are a few bench marks that we tend to go by;
- You will feel truly cosy to your very core.
- You’ve made memories to last a life time.
- Your loved ones feel just that little bit closer to you.
- You’ve never felt more grateful for the little things in life.
- you’ve eaten your body weight in popcorn.
- And you feel like you have truly had a well earned break!
What to pack for the perfect hygge weekend
- Cosy Socks
- Board games
- Lots (and lots) of popcorn
- Comfy clothes only!
- Fluffy blankets
- Comfy walking shoes
- Plenty of warm hats, scarfs and jackets
- Tea, coffee and hot chocolate (and mini marshmallows if your really cheeky)
- Essential toiletries (forgetting this would make a stressful weekend)
- Face packs, hand cream and bubble bath bits for a DIY spa night
- One or two good movies
- Craft materials
- Recipe book