The December countdown: 24 days of hygge

It’s the 1st of bloody December! It’s nearly Father Christmas’ birthday! Can you believe it? I sure can’t! So, with that in mind, I thought I’d pull together 24 ideas for ways to hygge this month. If you’re on Twitter, you may be interested to know that I’ve launched my #HyggeAdvent. Each day, I’ll be tweeting a link to something from this blog or another nice little hygge resource I think you’ll like, so check the hashtag every day to see what’s new!

So, without further ado, onto the list…

  1. Drink a hot chocolate
  2. Drop your change in a charity collection pot
  3. Stick something in the slow cooker for a super easy family dinner
  4. Relax in front of an open fire (head to a pub if you don’t have one of your own)
  5. Enjoy some mulled wine
    Drinking mulled wine at Baden-Baden Christmas Market
  6. Head out into nature to collect pine cones to decorate for your home
  7. Spend all evening with a massive hot drink reading your favourite book
  8. Make yourself a nourishing soup for lunch
  9. Spend some time browsing Pinterest for festive inspiration (psst – you can start with my Festivities board)
  10. Get creative and enter ScandiKitchen’s Pimp My Gingerbread House 2016 competition
    Christmas tree in Strasbourg, France
  11. Have a long, luxurious bath – think bubbles, candles and some relaxing music
  12. Find your new favourite Christmas cocktail
  13. 13th December is St Lucia Day! Find out more about this beautiful Scandinavian festival and see if you can track down a Lussekatt (St Lucia’s Day bun)
  14. Blast the boredom by cranking up the Christmas tunes while you run your errands
  15. Head out to a local Christmas market to pick up some festive treats and soak up the atmosphere
    Candied nuts at a German Christmas market
  16. 16th December is Christmas Jumper Day! Pull out your cosiest Christmas jumper and donate to Save The Children
  17. Head to your nearest ice rink and put your skating skills to the test
  18. Find a local carol concert for a boost of endorphins and a sing song
  19. Assemble some festive foliage into pretty displays – holly, mistletoe, ivy and spare Christmas tree branches are simple, beautiful ways to bring the outside in
    Colmar, France
  20. Invite some friends over for a casual dinner – candles and fairy lights obligatory
  21. 21st December is the final day for posting your Christmas cards in the UK – snap up a book of 1st class stamps and hurry to the postbox!
  22. Watch a Christmas film under a blanket (my choices are The Grinch, Father Christmas and Jingle All The Way… or if you want an insight into a very British school nativity play, check out the criminally little-known Flint Street Nativity)
    Christmas lights in Baden Baden
  23. Go on a neighbourhood walk to look at all the pretty Christmas lights
  24. Bake some Christmas cookies ready for Father Christmas

What would you add to the list? Will you be doing any of these things this December? Let me know!

(PS – all the snaps are from my recent trip to Germany and France to skulk around the Christmas markets – doesn’t it look pretty?)

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. I love these ideas! I pretty much want to do every single one of them today (I will try to settle down and pace my self ; ). No but seriously you’ve inspired me…I think I’ll work on an advent calendar of my own. Thank you!

    1. Awww thank you! Let me know what you get up to 🙂

  2. Kathryn Sterbenc says:

    I just found “Father Christmas” on YouTube and watched it. I’d never heard of it. SO LOVEABLE! Thank you, this is an instant classic. I need to add Raymond Briggs’ books to my Christmas Library, too!

    1. It’s adorable isn’t it! My brother and I used to love the part where he goes to Vegas especially! Have you seen The Snowman, The Snowman and the Snowdog or The Bear? They’re other Raymond Briggs ones, on every Christmas Eve in the UK 🙂

      1. Kathryn Sterbenc says:

        “The Snowman,” or part of it, was included in the video of “Father Christmas” I watched on YouTube. It looks totally magical. I’ll hunt down the full versions of these. One part I especially loved is when he drops his dog and cat off before leaving town and is crying and grumbling. “Animals!” Haha. That was adorable.

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