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Cozy Christmas Aesthetic: 10 Hygge Yule Ideas

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Some homes hit the cozy Christmas aesthetic easily every single year. Somehow, they make their homes warm, soft, and welcoming through all the chaos of the holidays.

The cozy Christmas aesthetic is all about warmth, with fuzzy blankets and candles being just a few of the hygge aspects of Yule. Pagans love to build a hygge home, but some of us struggle to do that.

I am one of those people that struggles to be hygge.

Once November rolled around, my house went to hell. My couches were more likely to be covered in unfolded clothes than fluffy pillows and soft blankets.

Over time, I slowly organized my life. And I learned a few hygge Christmas ideas that kept my house from becoming a MAD house.

A faux Christmas tree with glitter bulbs in orange and magenta. Cozy Christmas aesthetic.
Do you decorate a tree to make your home feel festive around Yule?

Cozy For The Holidays

Are you still struggling with the chaos of Christmas every year?

Do you dread family and friends coming over during the holidays because your house is a disaster?

Hey, I get it. When everything is falling apart, something has to give.

Even if that something is your safe haven away from the chaotic outside world!

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

You can easily add some cozy Christmas aesthetic with a few of these comforting hygge Christmas ideas.

Tame The Holiday Insanity

Before you can focus on having a comforting home, organize the parts of your life that are making you crazy.

This is usually as simple as making a few lists.

Make your to buy list, a to clean list, and a to do list.

For most disorganized people, all it takes is a list to help them see clearly again.

Then you have to give yourself permission to do things at a rational pace, and one at a time.

Once your life is organized again and your anxiety has been brought down from an 11/10 to a 7/10, it’s time to look around your home.

A Christmas tree with its decorations concentrated on just a few branches. With a whale, red bulbs, gold bulbs, green bulbs, silver bulbs, teddy bears, light up presents, and more
My son helped me decorate the Christmas tree this year. You can see how well he spaced out his bulbs! The Yule tree later fell over from the weight placed on those 2 or 3 branches.

Make Your Cozy Christmas Aesthetic A Priority

For me, making my home comfortable is a form of self care.

When I know I can come home from a long dinner party or gift exchange to a warm wonderland of relaxation, those stressful events are less problematic.

This is why you should make your cozy Christmas home a priority.

Don’t let the messes stay too long.

Don’t leave the unfolded laundry on the couch.

But at the same time, don’t become a perfectionist. Hygge is often about the quirky imperfections that make a house more of a home.

You have to try to find that happy medium, where you can enjoy yourself in your home, but you’re not neglecting it.

This will take some trial and error, and that’s totally okay.

Hygge Christmas Ideas

So how do you decorate a home so that it is hygge for Christmas?

How can you make your home a place to relax your soul, while also bringing in some Christmas cheer?

A large Christmas tree lit up in downtown Detroit with a child and adult man standing in front of it.
Going out to see decorations around your neighborhood can be a fun and cheap way to stay hygge during Yule.

Nature Decorated Candles

Candles are a must have for any hygge home, but you can really make them festive and unique by adding a bit of nature.

Head out for a nature walk and pick up pine cones, pine needles, acorns, and twigs.

These can be tied to candles or hot glued to their holders.

Or you can simply decorate the table around the candles with the bits of nature you picked up.

Blankets On Chairs

We all know you should put blankets everywhere when you want to be hygge.

But you can do so much more.

Don’t you want cozy dining chairs?

And don’t you deserve to be comfortable while working in your office chair?

Bring in more hygge blankets. You deserve it.

The Time Tunnel at the Lightfest at Hines Park in Westland Michigan with my son admiring the lights from the car.
If your city has any drive-through lights, I recommend you drive through them! Your kids will love the sights.

Make (And Drink) Wassail

One of my favorite cozy Christmas ideas is to make Wassail, a mulled hot cider traditionally drunk while wassailing (or carolling) during Medieval Christmas.

While you may not find the stress of singing in front of strangers very cozy or hygge, you can still enjoy the warming drink.

It’s easy to make in a slow cooker, and will bring much cheer to all. Try this easy slow cooker wassail recipe.

Plus, it’s supposed to help ensure a good cider apple harvest for the next year. Who wouldn’t want to do that?!

Bean Bag Chairs And Cushions

Americans don’t spend much time sitting on the floor.

But around Christmas, something magical happens.

We all seem to gravitate to the floor to open presents, just as we did as children.

Sitting on the floor feels more communal. It certainly helps to release our inner child.

So why not facilitate that with a few bean bag chairs and cushions?

These make sitting on the floor so much easier while also making it hurt less for those with bad backs, sciatica, or other health issues.

Comfortable seating is definitely necessary to foster the cozy Christmas aesthetic.

A tunnel of lights at the Lightfest at Hines Park in Westland Michigan with my son admiring the lights from the car.
Make sure you make the holidays magickal for your children!

Bake Cookies

The warm, sugary smell of baking cookies can draw a whole family in.

And then the occasion of eating them!

Some lovingly baked cookies can sometimes be all we need to melt into our homes and really relax.

So bake some Christmas cookies to up your cozy Christmas aesthetic.

Choose A Real Hygge Christmas Tree

It doesn’t have to be huge. In fact, it can look pretty scraggly.

And put away that huge box of ornaments. Choose just a few of the most sentimental ones.

There’s no reason to stress yourself out with decorating the tree, all with the knowledge that you’ll be stressed again in a few weeks when you take it down.

Just give yourself a break. Go for a minimal tree, but make it a real tree.

A woman decorating her home for Yule with wreaths, antlers, logs, and more.
A minimally decorated home can still be cozy during Yule!

Host Comfy Parties

Invite friends and family over, but insist they wear their comfiest clothes.

Strictly no party dresses or high heels!

Turn it into a sort of sleepover aesthetic by making hot cocoa and crowding around the TV to watch nostalgic movies.

Comfy parties are the perfect theme for your cozy Christmas aesthetic.

Play Board Games

Start a tradition of playing old school board games with friends and family.

Face to face interaction coupled with a little bit of good natured competition can bring people even closer together. And isn’t that the whole point of living the hygge lifestyle?

Card games, board games, even a tabletop RPG fosters social cohesion and builds trust.

You may need to exclude the insanely competitive if possible, but with the right group, you will all learn something new about one another.

A family enjoying a Christmas meal at the table with a Christmas tree and snowy day behind them. A large turkey and much food on the table.
A meal with your family makes any home feel more cozy.

Go On Winter Walks

Bundle up in warm sweaters, comfy boots, and leggings under pants or a skirt.

Then head outside into the cold and enjoy the great outdoors.

You might not think there is much nature to be seen during winter, but there definitely is!

Winter birds like cardinals can be seen foraging for berries.

Melting icicles dripping onto pine tree needles.

In some areas, you might even see deer out and about.

If you have children, you can observe nature as part of a homeschool lesson.

Focus On Simple Pleasures

Christmas is a stressful time. It’s hard to get into the cozy Christmas aesthetic when you’re running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to rush all over the place.

If you don’t get everything done before December 25th, will it really be the end of the world? No way.

So slow down, enjoy the season, and focus on the simple pleasures.

Simple pleasures like a perfect cup of coffee, or decorating Christmas cookies.

Your pleasure might be curling up and reading a good book.

This is the perfect season to figure out some self care and make it a habit.

An all white home with white Christmas decor and white candles.
Stay cozy and warm in your aesthetic home this Christmas!

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