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Make the most of winter

Banish winter blues by embracing the spirit of hygge. What does that mean?

With at least two more chilly months ahead of us, it’s easy to get stuck on everything that makes winter such a dreary season: the grey skies, for instance, or that awful moment when you have to get out of bed. But what if you turned your home into a cosy haven that made the most of winter, instead? This is precisely what the Danish do: they call this habit “hygge” (pronounced hoo-ga), and it’s all about setting up cosy, warm spaces. Here’s how to do it.

  • Board games and books. Hygge is all about time together and away from screens – so although a movie night is always a hit (popcorn and hot chocolate are a must, obviously), move away from Netflix and find other ways to spend time with your family. Game night, anyone?
  • Blankets, fires, and hot water bottles. Being comfortable is the real essence of hygge. We don’t always know if we’ll be able to switch on the heaters, thanks to load-shedding, but there are other ways to make your space warm and comfy. Break out the puffy throws and make some cuddly hot water bottles.
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  • Indulge! Soups, stews, curry, cakes, puddings – it’s time to treat yourself to the slightly heavier fare that you don’t particularly feel like eating during summer’s heat.
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