How To Create a Minimalist Hygge Christmas

Today I am sharing how to create a minimalist hygge Christmas.  Minimalism and hygge work really well together! 

Don’t worry if you are a minimalist you can still have hygge in your life.

Hygge (pronounced hoo-guh) is a Danish word for the feeling of being cozy, content, and enjoying the small things in life.  There isn’t an exact definition because it’s a feeling you get.

When I first started looking up minimalism I kept coming across the word Hygge. 

I love the idea of Hygge and I feel winter is the best time to add more Hygge into my home.  Let’s get started with how to create a minimalist Hygge Christmas.

The thing is we are trying to become more minimal.  We have been decluttering our home for a year straight so I don’t want to bring a bunch of new “cozy” items in.  Here are a few ways to add some Hygge into your home without having to buy a bunch of things that you have to store all year long.  If you are looking to start decluttering here is my decluttering ebook to get you started. 

I bet you already have most of these items in your home.  We are already enjoying the small things in life, but when decorating for the holidays I have focused on trying to make my home more Hygge this winter.

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Hygge Tip 1. Candles and Twinkle Lights

I have wrapped twinkle lights around every item in my home.  Just kidding!  But I did add some twinkle lights into my fireplace (since we don’t light a fire) and I added some lights to a few of my indoor pants.

At night when the lights are off, it feels nice and cozy with the low lighting.

I also got out my candles, and I lit them!  How often do you light candles? I have had so many candles throughout the years, but I never light them.

Candlelight adds such a nice glow to the home when it is cold and dreary outside. 

Lighting is everything and it can really set the mood.  I make sure I dim the overhead lights or turn them off altogether.



Hygge Tip #2 – Bring Nature Inside

We have a fake Christmas tree, honestly, it’s cheaper, and it makes life easier! The only thing missing is the nice smell of fresh pine.  This problem was solved by getting a wreath and some pine branches.

By bringing in some natural decor I am able to reap the benefits of the Christmas pine smell, without all the expense and trouble of a real tree.

Trader Joe’s has a great deal on real wreaths, but I have heard that some tree lots give the broken branches away for free.

I hung my wreath on the wall and I put the branches in my vintage pitcher. 

I love decorating with plants and flowers!  It’s such a great way to bring color and life into your home without having to buy and store a lot of “decor” items.


Hygge Tip #3 -Create Cozy Spaces

We are creating a lot of cozy spaces!  I have added some extra pillows and blankets to my couch and chairs and we always have lots of books ready to read.  It feels great to snuggle up and read a book or watch a good movie.

Each year I store all of the Christmas-themed books with my Christmas decorations.  This way the books are a big surprise and fun to read all over again.

Another great idea when it comes to books, especially if you don’t like to store them, is to use the library. 

We always check out all the Christmas theme books for a few weeks around this time of the year.

Right now my boys are watching the nutcracker on repeat!

Grab your coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and snuggle up to relax and enjoy the slow life.  Don’t forget your warm sweater and slippers!


Hygge Tip #4 – Baking & Crafts

Who loves baking cookies? Well, I know you probably enjoy eating cookies!  Baking cookies or bread makes the whole house smell delicious.

If you aren’t into baking, just light a yummy-smelling candle or use an essential oil diffuser.  When your home smells delicious you’ll want to stick around and enjoy the indoors.

My kids love doing crafts on cold rainy days.

Pull out the markers and crayons and get crafty!  It’s not really about the end product, but more about spending time together.

To get a lot more Hygge inspiration make sure you read The Little Book of Hygge, it is surprisingly affordable on Amazon and very easy to read.

Hygge Tip #5 – Cozy Up

Cuddle up and make time for yourself!  You deserve it! I like to find a really good book to read or show to watch.  Of course, if it’s a Christmas theme book or movie then that’s even better.

I try not to scroll through my phone because that is not relaxing for me.  To be honest, the internet and electronics are not really hygge and they can take us away from these special real-life moments that we are trying to create and enjoy.

Make your favorite drink.  I like tea or coffee, my husband prefers beer.  To each his own.

My kids love it when I read to them.  We get a huge stack of books and make our way through till they can’t sit still anymore.  For me, it’s all about spending a relaxed quiet time by myself or with the ones I love.


BONUS Hygge Tip!

Cook a warm meal with some close friends.  The biggest tip I took away from the book, The Little Book of Hygge, was to spend time with close friends and family creating memories.  It is less about what you are doing and more about spending time together laughing and having fun.

Part of what makes something a very Hygge time is to actually create the food and atmosphere with your friends.  Instead of having all the food ready to go when they arrive, make the food with your friends. 

I love this because it takes all the pressure off of the host and makes your guests feel like close family members. 



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6 thoughts on “How To Create a Minimalist Hygge Christmas”

  1. Teresa Long

    Beautiful blog and photos! Thanks for the inspiration

    1. SHANNON

      Thank you! I hope you have a cozy Christmas =)

  2. Stella

    Love your tips and they are spot on. We are empty nesters, in fact we are in the great grandparent stage! We downsized from the five bedroom home to 2 bedroom home. We also downsized our Christmas decorations. We no longer put up the huge Christmas tree. We display a very small ceramic Christmas tree gifted to us by my mother along with a few other religious items. We have a quilted Christmas tree that is a wall hanging. We pin some of our favorite Christmas ornaments on it, some of the ornaments were made by our children and grandchildren. We have a few lights around the windows and a wreath on the front door. We gave away all our other decorations to a charity, we hope that other families will enjoy them.

  3. Lulu

    So enjoyed your lovely natural materials, candle and reading /crafts with your kids! Merry Christmas

    You are a blessing to others but to your family

    1. SHANNON

      Thank you! I hope you have a nice holiday season. =)

  4. Jackie

    How early is too early to decorate for Christmas?! These ideas are so beautiful! I will totally be using this post as inspo. We are having our kitchen cabinets painted this month so I think we will have to wait for that project to be finished before we get our Christmas decorations out but this is making me so excited to get our tree up!

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