The concept of hygge (very trendy), the Danish ritual of creating coziness and intimacy, especially in the dead of winter, is lovely, but is a little too dreamy. We are realistic in our pursuits, especially because we live in NYC. We are happy to make it through the day without wet feet or an inside-out umbrella. Below are some ideas we, at Sweetcicle’s, like to do to make it through the cold.
1.Go to your local museums. Most have free days (either each week or in a given quarter), and it is the perfect time to explore somewhere new, without having to be outside. Let your kids scurry around, learn, sketch, sit, zone out. Plus, you get to breath that museum smell (a combo of knowledge, pencil shavings, disinfectant and humidity control).
2. Embrace winter clothing. Long underwear is not a concept stuck in 1905 or for snowshoeing; it’s come a long way from the bulky waffle knits of yesteryear. We recommend stream-lined duds like Uniqlo Heat Tech and it is acceptable to wear long underwear to a freezing corporate office. No one will notice, and it might make sitting in a bone-chilling conference room a little less horrible.
3.Create a real, touchable, photo album. It’s hard to believe we abandoned the frequency of this process. It used to be “a thing” (kind of like making a mix tape). Where did it go? Get printed versions of your favorite pictures and create a real album, or make an album online and have it printed out. It’s a nice exercise and you’ll be glad you did it.
4. Cook. (Our favorite ). Expand your recipe collection. One easy way to do this is pick an ingredient, like a fresh herb, vegetable or a fruit—(we dig citrus). Go on a tangent with said ingredient. Learn to use and respect the ingredient in all of its forms (baked, fried, pickled, preserved etc). If you don’t cook, encourage your loved one who cooks, to try this, and be prepared to eat (and help clean up, too).
5. Complain (a little). Sometimes it’s just awesome to complain. It’s so cold! There is too much snow! There is not enough snow! We get it. In winter, it is quasi-socially acceptable to complain, so take advantage of this fleeting time. When the flowers start blooming and the sun shines bright, you will look like a grouch if you fret so much.
To recap: Museums-Underwear-Albums-Cooking-Complaining. Got it? Good. We hope this helps. xoxo-Sweetcicle's