Winter is coming. This fact shouldn’t surprise you because it is nearly the middle of December. Weathermen and women have casually started throwing around terms like polar vortex and snowpocalypse, and you wonder why these terms didn’t exist when you were in school. All you ever got was the occasional snow day, which isn’t nearly as exciting as snowmageddon.
But, you are an adult now, and while you have the good fortune to “work from home” (air quotes your friend’s), you still have to battle Old Man Winter the same three months a year as everybody else. You’ve contemplated moving some place warm – preferably with palm trees and a beach – but you work from home, which is actually your clever euphemism for being dead broke. So, you’ll be spending Christmas with Jack Frost, Frosty the Snowman, and all the other wintry claymation characters from your childhood.
Succumbing to your Pinterest addiction, you stumble across the Danish term hygge, which sounds like a horrible disease, but the picture of a comfy chair by a fireplace suggests otherwise. You quickly learn that the word loosely translates to coziness. Perfect. You start taking notes.
- Buy candles. Use them everywhere.
- Invest in cozy blankets
- Host Sunday brunch. Serve cake and coffee.
- Go sledding
- Invite friends over for a bonfire
- Learn to knit. Make everyone hats, scarves and mittens.
- Dress for the weather. Stock up on fleece lined leggings.
- Rent a cabin for a weekend
- Build a snowman
- Have an at home spa day complete with bubble bath
- Gather pine cones to use for crafts
- Make the perfect cup of hot chocolate
- Ice skate on an outdoor rink
- Start a soup club
- Fill your house with branches, berries, and flowers
- Make a winter reading list
- Wear woolly socks and comfy sweaters
- Keep a gratitude journal
- Study the winter stars
- Grow your own herbs
- Choose coloring books over Netflix
- Build a snow fort then go inside and build a blanket fort
- Play games like Clue, Scrabble, and Uno
- Take a technology break on weekends
- Eat porridge
After three hours of meticulous pinning, you are fairly confident that you have mastered the concept of hygge. Despite your hatred of coffee and refusal to ride your bike in winter, you decide to share your new expertise with the world (wide web, that is) and write a brilliant blog post entitled, How to Beat the Polar Vortex and Hygge This Winter. As you push publish, you imagine the post going viral, The New York Times calling to interview you, and Oprah inviting you to share more about this delightful topic on her channel. The resulting fame and fortune sees you spending next winter covered in suntan lotion whilst lounging on a sandy beach…
Instead your air-quote-obsessed friend wants to know what hives have to do with winter. Face meet palm. At least you know you’ll be warm and cozy this winter.
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