My BF has recently become very obsessed with this Scandinavian concept of "coziness" or "hygge" (although he doesn't always use this particular word for it). Apparently it's a major concept in Denmark, and as far as I've been able to research, it means:
- "Battening down the hatches" of your home (loved that phrase, got it from an article)
- Cherishing small moments and domestic details
- Taking the time to make little things like making a cup of hot cocoa indulgent
- That supreme feeling of warmth and safety that comes from being at home with those you love
- Spending time together doing simple and timeless things (i.e. board games)
Some popular books on "hygge" even recommend watching a slightly scary or suspenseful film to increase the contrast between the outside world and your inner sanctuary.
Some things we've done that he really enjoys:
Picked out a specific corner of our room that I made ridiculously cozy. Got a new pillow and extra soft throw, and an ottoman type thing. I really fussed over the details, even measuring so I knew the perfect ottoman height, to ensure it's one of those insanely comfy places for him to sit
Found a very very very lightly scented candle (took ages to find because he hates artificial scents) he actually enjoys
Took time to put away a lot of summer/spring clothes and tidy up more than usual. That way Christmas decorations and other little tchotckes (like all these new candles haha) don't make our space cluttered
Googled recipes that are very rich/filling/wintery, and that are also the kind of dinner you can leave simmering and make the whole room smell nice
Bought several new board games - these have been a really great way to spend quality time together and many only take 10-20 minutes per game.
Planned smaller and more informal group get-togethers than usual, simultaneously being more merciless about saying 'no' to things we don't feel like doing
Woken up early to have a quick tea with each other weekday mornings
Thick sweaters and wool socks are never unwelcome!
If you guys have any other tips to make this an extremely cozy winter, I'd love to hear! My BF wants to go all-in this winter :)