We're in that post-holiday time of the year. The part where winter--in Minnesota, at least--can feel like an endless barrage of snow, ice, and more snow. We're all looking for comfort in some sense, so it's no wonder that a concept that literally embodies the term is growing more popular. 'Hygge' is a Danish term (or art, depending on your interpretation) that roughly translates as 'cosiness.' But it's more than a warm blanket or comfy chair. It's about creating a warm atmosphere with good friends, good spirits, and good conversation. Or whatever brings warmth to your soul. An integral part of hygge is creating atmosphere. There's some science behind the benefits of candlelight. Which means that custom candle boxes can be a great way to give the gift of hygge.
Custom Candle Boxes?
Let's start with the science of candles. Bad sleep can be tied to numerous factors, not the least of which include exposure to blue light from tablets and phone screens, and general stress. Candlelight is softer on the eyes, and can actually help promote melatonin production (aka what tells us it's time to relax). Additionally, if you're into scented candles, choosing scents like lavender or berries can also aid in relaxation and increase comfort levels.
Candles themselves can give people the gift of a good night's rest; custom candle boxes can help recipients understand the intent and usage of the contents. Include a description of the word, like the one here from Skagen, and other types for a houseful of hygge or a hygge party.
How to Bring Hygge Into Your Home
Hygge is a way of life for the Danes, but you can engage in the good feelings, too. The growing hygge movement has overtones of faded popularity of Marie Kondo or feng shui when it comes to design, but with a little more approachability. Hygge is personalized in that it's up to the individual to decide exactly what is comforting, or cozy, to them. If that includes candles and custom candle boxes, wool socks, hot coffee, and so on. Here's what's generally included (or use a starter list for a hygge party):
- Find your cozy nook - or make one. Also called a 'hyggekrog,' your nook is a place where you (and friends) can wrap up in blankets, enjoy beverages, and watch movies or discuss things.
- Factor some (fictional) scary stuff. Storms, or scary shows, can up the hygge factor (actual scary things, like the news, do not).
- Put together a menu of warming dishes, like soups, meats, breads, hearty meals that are at once filling and snackable.
- Buy some candles. Like we said above, candles are calming but also charming, and create an atmosphere of friendliness. As well as both literal and figurative warmth.
It's a movement on the border of parody. But it's up to the individual to take it as far as they want.
Light a Candle or Two
Denmark is one of the happiest nations in the world. If that's not an endorsement for creating--or gifting--a little hygge in these winter months, what else is?
Contact Sunrise today to create custom candle boxes and give a little hygge.