Welcome! Today I’m sharing my favourite Christmas Beverages (non alcoholic & Hygge friendly)
From October, the first blog post of each month is inspired by the themes presented by Meik Wiking in his famous best seller “The Little Book of Hygge”. If you’re not familiar with this book, you can read the review here or take a look at the sidebar to buy your own copy with an Amazon affiliate link.
Like with the chestnuts in October, I scratched my head to find how I can talk about BEVERAGES… I don’t drink at all. A sip of white wine and you should call the 911 or the 112 (in Europe).
Ok… bring it, I accept the challenge. Especially because beverages are apparently an inherent component of Christmas Hygge. But wait.. what if you (like me) hate eggnog or other alcoholic mixtures like hot wine/ glogg?
Good question… We got your back. You’ll have the traditional recipes for a Danish Hygge Christmas + the gluten-free yummy non alcoholic beverages I love to share with my friends when they join for a game board evening.
No Idea Whatsoever About What Hygge Is?
Don’t worry. I got your back. 😉
If you’re already a Hygge fan, just skip this part and start enjoying today’s blog post.
Still with me?
Ok.. awesome. Time to have fun.
It’s a feeling you can’t buy of safety, warmth, peace, calm, contentment, and everything in between.
Based on cosiness, togetherness, and uniqueness, it’s a whole guide to craft a cosiness-based way of life for you AND your family.
To me, Hygge is like a roadmap to enjoy simple pleasure, slow down, unplug, and eventually becoming unapologetically yourself.
How can I learn more about it?
1/ Read the reviews I made at How The Hygge Book helps me to love my own quirks
2/ Request a special invitation for #TheHyggeLounge at https://www.thehyggeplanner.com/newsletter
3/ Buy Meik Weiking’s book by clicking here (Where you’re buying from this link Amazon will give a percentage to WWF on your behalf. I’m not owning a penny nor a compensation by any means)
How do you pronounce it?
Truth is, no one cares how you pronounce it as long as you can experience it day in and day out.
That said, it’s commonly admitted to be [HOO-GA] .
Keep it simple and don’t over complicate the process.
If you don’t get it the first time, no big deal.
Is there a Hygge lifestyle?
YES!! and I mean absolutely without the shadow of a doubt.
Hygge is more than just a list of things to do or have. It’s NOT a decor (see below for more infos).
If you’re quiet/ introvert, chances are you’re already living a Hygge lifestyle without even knowing it. Now, you can model what you’re already good at to enjoy that cosy, comfy, and homey feelings 24/7.
If you’re totally new and you’d love to implement that simple, decluttered, down to earth, eco friendly, and comfy way of living for your family, that’s totally doable.
Truth it, it’s WHY I created this entire site: to provide you the tools, the resources, and the inspiration to turn your life into a cosiness-based living without adding stress. (To get a weekly dose of cosiness-based pep talk, join #TheHyggeLounge HERE )
Where does it come from?
Hygge comes from Denmark (but the word itself comes for Norway). At some point in history, Norway and Denmark were one kingdom only.
For the records:
– the first mention of Hygge is circa 1840 (which means Hygge is everything but a fad trends)
– Denmark is ranking on the top 3 of the happiest countries in the world every singe year!
– the tax level in Denmark is one of the highest in the world. Yet, the citizens ARE full of happiness.
—> Who doesn’t want to model what the happiest people in the world are doing to be happy, content, and joyful day in and day out? I know I do (so does my Great Grand Mother in her journals)
Is Hygge only a decor for Fall & Winter?
This is a common myth I HAVE to bust once and for all. Danish people don’t stop living 6 months of the year. They enjoy and practice Hygge ALL YEAR LONG.
They just adapt what they do and how they do it. It’s definitely easier to have a snow day in winter and it’s definitely easier to have a BBQ outside in the middle of Summer.
Hygge is not stuck in Fall & Winter nor is a home decor.
If you want a decor, ask a professional to set up a stage… You won’t feel better in a snap because you have a fireplace and tonnes of fairy lights.
If it was that simple, everyone would be happy and medication wouldn’t be needed to avoid anxiety.
(If you’re under medication, NEVER EVER stop without a professional help. Asking for help should be your #1 priority. There’s no shame nor guilt to seek for a better health, or a better mental clarity)
You don’t have to spend $$$ to revamp your living room so it looks like a country living magazine cover… and you can show off on Instagram. Hygge is NOT a popularity contest. There’s no mandatory list of items to buy.
You can live Hygge in a moroccan house, a contemporary penthouse, a cottage close to the sea, a tiny house, a small apartment that looks like a boudoir, or a fancy super modern house. Hygge is what you made out of it.
Eh… you’re done with the introduction.
If you want to dive deeper:
– request your invitation for #TheHyggeLounge HERE
– check our workbook to craft a cosiness-based way of life for your family in 7 days HERE
– download our 108 Done for You ideas to practice Hygge as a family (when you have no time for brainstorm) HERE
The traditional Hygge drinks for December (aka Christmas Beverages when you’re not fond of eggnog)
No matter how hard I try to escape, mulled wine and eggnog are everywhere… and I mean everywhere. Earlier this week, I spent a day in Strasbourg with my Mum; the smell of mulled wine was present at each corner…. with a little twist of orange, juniper, cloves.
That said, it’s hard to avoid those traditional recipes. I do NOT earn any credit for the following recipes. I’m just sharing the ones I’ve tried and tested. Enjoy them!
#1 Glogg https://www.thedrinkblog.com/glogg/
My non alcoholic treats
These ones are definitely my favourites and I did them at least a couple of times per month. As I previously mentionned, these recipes are the ones I’ve tried (I encourage you to adapt the Mocha recipe in case you need to follow a special diet like gluten-free and/or lactose-free and/or vegan).
#3 Apple Juice https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/13370/mulled-apple-juice
#4 Raspberry Mocha https://www.torani.com/recipes/raspberry-white-chocolate-mocha
It’s time to wrap up our Christmas Beverages post!
In this blog post, I’ve been so happy to share with you 4 recipes to spice up your upcoming Christmas/ Winter Holidays season. I know how odd it could be when you show up and there’s only alcoholic option to drink… Now, you’ve got two options to share with your friends (and even the kids which is always a nice idea)
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