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Practice The Danish Tradition Of Hygge

By Beth Ogden

The Danish have a tradition called “hygge” (pronounced huu-ga). The word is difficult to translate into English, but generally speaking refers to a feeling of cozy contentment and enjoying the simple things in life. While the word is used throughout the year, it is especially important during the winter months. Here are a few ways you can bring hygge into your home and routines this time of year (you can find some more ideas about how to practice hygge here):

Light candles. Turning off or dimming the overhead lights and lighting a bunch of candles can help your home feel more cozy. If you have children or pets and are afraid to put out real candles, battery-lit candles can also work.

Eat a delicious meal with friends or family. Food doesn't have to be elaborate or complicated to be delicious. Make a simple but yummy meal (soup or pasta dishes are great for this time of year) and enjoy it with your loved ones.

Stay at the dinner table a little longer with tea or dessert. Make some herbal tea or enjoy a simple dessert and eat it at the table.

Add comfort to your living room and other living spaces. Adding a couple of cozy throw blankets and some pillows can increase comfort during these colder months.

Play some music. Music has the ability to transform your emotions, so play some pleasant music while you're hanging out at home.

Spend time with your loved ones. Whether you play a game together, eat a meal, or just sit around and talk, there's no simpler and better thing that spending time with the people you love.

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