The Danish word ‘Hygge’ represents the state of warmth and cosiness. You know that lovely feeling of coming inside as a child after being out in the chilly winter air, of sitting in-front of a log fire with a warm glass of mulled wine, snuggling after food with friends on the sofa, that feeling of wellbeing and contentedness… that is Hygge.
So it’s no surprise that Christmas, a time when we tend to feel at our most content, loving and snug is THE perfect opportunity to get your ‘Hygge’ on!
You can create it for yourself with a few easy and quick steps and scroll down for more ideas plus where to purchase from local businesses in Surrey who have mastered the art with their lovely gifts, candles, wraps and workshops.
Hygge can be introduced with ease to your normal routine. After dinner with your other half; turn down the lights, light a scented candle like this one find similar at Two Ducks in St Johns, Woking and wrap yourself in a soft throw by Cox and Cox to watch your favourite show together and gorgeous mug of tea from Surrey Homewares, Guildford
Get out and about to enjoy some Hygge at a quintessential Surrey pub.
Real fires, warm high back chairs and gorgeous surroundings; try a hot toddy (whiskey drink), or take the kids for a treat of hot chocolate and cakes in the afternoon at one of many authentic Surrey pubs Four Horseshoes Chobham, Red Lion Horsell, Shere.
Find more hidden gems to cosy up during winter with the handy guide by SurreyLive
Read the children a story in your king size bed for a change to the normal routine. They will love the closeness (and novelty!) of all the siblings squished in together and the chance to snuggle into your hug while you read to them under a soft fluffy duvet before going to their own beds.
They can also have fun trying to race to the foot of the bed under the cover as a way of getting out!
Add to the Hygge spray a lovely frankincense essential oil from Neals Yard Remedies as stocked by Rebecca Ward based in Woking
Combine making some simple Hygge friendly snacks whilst also filling the blustry winter weekends with time spent together for the kids.
Try toasting big marshmallows over a tea light sat on a plate (be careful of long hair near the flame).
Serve with hot chocolate and enjoy!
You can also warm some chocolate pieces in a bowl in the microwave, serve with fresh raspberries, strawberries and breadsticks to dip in (cocktail sticks might be useful to avoid chocolate fingers!)
Invite friends round for cocktails and delicious cheeseboard, check out your local deli like Café Class, Woking
For drinks think indulgent and warming that takes you back to childhood; like this Craft 56 Cherry Bakewell Gin mixed with lemonade, or how about mulled spice infused Poetic License Fireside Spiced Gin served with Schweppes
For foodies, how about having fun testing your friends with a bit of wine tasting, through a selection from Denbies Wine based in the Surrey Hills
What is your favourite way to bring home the feel of cosiness and contentment? Share your ideas and tips with us and bring some festive warmth into Surrey homes?
Surrey businesses for Hygge:-
http://www.two-ducks.co.uk Two Ducks, St Johns Woking
http://www.andhobbs.com/ & Hobbs based in beautiful Shere
https://www.surreyhomewares.co.uk/guildford-store/ Surrey Home Wares, Guildford
Pubs and Drinks
https://www.denbies.co.uk Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey Hills
https://www.chefandbrewer.com/pubs/surrey/white-horse White Horse Pub 15th century farmhouse and Grade II Listed Building (featured in the movie ‘The Holiday’ with Cameron Diaz)
https://www.classicinns.co.uk/crownegham/christmas The Crown, Egham
http://www.thefoxandhoundsrestaurant.com/ Fox and Hounds, Englefield Green