Darker. Colder. Shorter days; longer nights. Cabin “fever”, hibernation…..how do people cope with the winter “blues” or Seasonal Affective Disorder?….all kinds of ways! Hygge is the Danish word for “creating a warm atmosphere and imagining the good things in life with people” or as I like to refer to it as “winter rituals”. My friend shared a great article with me about Hygge (link below) pronounced “hooga” and “higga”.
play Christmas carols on the piano a little bit every day to tickle the ivories again and practice your piano skills. Invite little kids over to sing carols with you in preparation for Christmas dinner with the family.
exercise in new winter outerwear . Fast walking and talking with a friend helps the cold walk seem faster. Then, we retreat back into our warm homes looking forward to the fireplace.
many people edit their closets, pair outfits, accessorize them , make a dry cleaning pile and a donation pile. Edit and purge!
get out holiday books and read them to any young visitors who come over. They stay useful that way.
volunteer to organize your church’s Sunday School program (Xmas pageant, etc). This helps relieve teachers and directors from having to do it. It’s a nice way to thank them for their year round teaching, too.
wear colorful scarves to brighten things up! Covering up the extremities–head, feet, neck, etc….really does warm you up! Long Johns help with this, too! Scarves feel better around your neck than metal necklaces which feel cold.
get out at daytime so night is not so bad. Run errands and don’t hibernate all day.
taking hot bubblebaths not only relaxes you but it’s a good way to catch up on reading and/or listening to favorite tunes. Plus, you’ll sleep like a log.
play more Scrabble with spouses or family members
ditto with the red container of Williams-Sonoma Hot Chocolate. Making homemade hot chocolate for guests is a treat!
Candles in every room. The tiny size of winter scented candle samplers is a fun way to go from room to room and light different ones depending on your mood. NEST candles has a great sampler!
Have Pumpkin pancake mixes and batters and sauces handy that we purchased at the July Porter Peach Festival…make them (with your kids!) when your college kids come home on Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break and Christmas Break.
Drink hot tea at midday to stave off wine o’ clock which might put you into bed too early. (dehydrates you too and causes under eye puffiness the next day) But we love wine!!!
spend time at Philbrook Museum to absorb all the holiday beauty.
binge watch DVDs or Netflix.
put out winter decor (not just Christmas decor) so it’s not as anti-climactic when you take the Christmas decorations down.
increase water and vitamin intake to combat salty foods and cocktails.
use your treadmill while you watch TV or read. Save the treadmill for winter and enjoy the outside the other three seasons.
change out pillows and throws.….use holiday themed ones.
make mulling spices or buy them.
host a hot cocoa stand and give the proceeds to charity
entertain more often--simple or grand. whether it’s coffee & coffee cake or a new recipe.
“Arting”— one friend says she does more art during this time. Pinot’s Palette, etc…
find restaurants with fireplaces
add photos to your computer
organize for tax season
see “Winter Coping Rituals…..Hygge” on this blog for Part 2 to this article.