Are the gray and cold days making it hard to pull yourself out of bed? Do you need some inspiration for keeping the winter blues away? Why not add more koselig moments in your life to help you see the beauty in winter. What is koselig, you say? Ever feel your heart glowing? Yes? That is koselig! It’s the Norwegian concept of gratitude, of presence, of warmth and welcoming—and it can emanate from just about anything, whether a person or a house or even a conversation.
Koselig is a Norwegian way of living “warm” all year round, which makes sense, since the country can be cold and dark for many months at a time. Let’s put a stop those cold hands and warm those hearts by adding more koselig in your soul.
1. Host a sledding party
What’s the ultimate way to enjoy the weather outside? Well, you have to get out there and make it fun! Here’s an idea I love: host a winter wonderland sledding party. Bring thermoses of hot cocoa or maybe hot apple cider (even spiked cider for the adults!) and some coffee. Consider packing preheated mac and cheese or quesadillas to keep bellies nice and warm. (Just make sure the conditions and weather are safe for all attendees.) Embrace the snow! The kids will love it!
2. Learn to layer
In Sweden they say, “There is never bad weather in the winter, only bad clothes.” I think you can certainly get excited over your new comfy winter garb as long as you find what suits you best. What’s important in these gray months is to always wear a base shirt. Keep your core and your head warm and you will survive these harsh winter months with greater ease.
3. Discover a new place
Most folks, especially in the U.S., tend to hunker down and stay home in the colder months. Consider broadening your mind-set and be open to trying something new. Take a walk through a local park or hiking trail. Don’t want to be cold? Why not try some indoor rock climbing? Trampoline jumping? Even checking out a nearby museum or a new boutique can keep away those winter blues and illuminate your soul.
4. Add a cozy throw to your living space
A touch of cozy charm in your living space means you can even snuggle up in style. I tend to rotate my blankets around different rooms to bring freshness to each space. This year I purchased this comfy pom-pom throw from Nordstrom. I love the refined yet seasonal vibe it brings to my living room.
5. Warm things up
A flickering fire can instantly make any space feel intimate. Our family has electric fireplaces that pop on with the push of a button. If you don’t have a fireplace in your home, create that warm and cozy vibe by arranging candles of different sizes and shapes into a cluster.
6. Stop complaining about the weather
It is very American to make small talk about the weather. The conversation about cold, snowy days is seemingly endless on the East Coast, beginning in November and dragging into March. Consider trying to be less negative about the weather and instead embrace what it has to offer—from outdoor recreation to beautiful snowscapes. Your new perspective about the season might just give your mood a little lift.
7. Sit in silence
Sit in a dimly lit room (sans children—I know that sometimes almost impossible, but try to steal a few minutes!). Now close your eyes and listen to your heart. Pause. Be a part of this relaxing moment. It’s so important in this fast-paced world to focus on the simple pleasures and be present in the moment—even if it’s one quiet moment a week to regroup your mind and body. Take this a step further by actively minimizing your use of technology so you can truly focus on yourself and the people you are with this winter season.
8. Cheers with a new hot drink
Warm up your belly and heart with a spiked apple pie drink (one of my favorites, which you already know if you read the “Fall into Friends Fete” post) or cup of hot tea. My children (and I) enjoy creating festive hot cocoa drinks filled with fun shaped marshmallows.
9. Gather around the table
Taking time with family or friends, especially while sharing a great meal, is an essential of the koselig philosophy. Set your dining room table for an intimate gathering and ask all your guests to bring a dish to share.
10. Bring the outdoors in
Take a cue from nature and add some greenery to your home. Have a hard time keeping plants alive? Keep things simple with faux greenery instead. Place them somewhere that catches your eye and helps brighten the space.
Tusen takk, thousand thanks,