As the snow falls and we turn on the fireplaces in our homes and the bottoms of our Christmas trees twinkle amidst our favorite decor, we feel a warm comfort and ease in stress. Some people may define this feeling as “hygge,” a Danish tradition of experiencing comfort, observing our surroundings, showing gratitude for the simplicities of life, being present, and connecting with our loved ones. Especially during the holidays, we can find hygge around the family dinner table, as we stroll through the neighborhood to admire Christmas lights and decor, and while we curl up with a big blanket and a good book or cup of tea. Here at Adrian Durban Florist, the number one floral shop in Cincinnati, we also experience hygge through winter floral bouquets, whether in our own living room, in the center of a holiday dinner table, or as a gift to a loved one.
Four Ways Flowers Inspire Hygge
Floral Arrangements Enhance Our Home
When first exploring and adopting practices from this Danish tradition, many people start with their environment. Lighting candles, stringing soft Christmas lights, turning on the fireplace, getting cozy with thick socks, wrapping themselves in fluffy blankets, and filling their spaces with things that make them feel good, like winter flowers. An arrangement of white and red blooms in a lush bed of winter greenery is sure to be a perfect, inviting, fresh, and natural finishing touch to any space.
Sending Bouquets Connects Us to Loved Ones
This time of year, it is common to see loved ones sending flowers to those far away or offer a seasonal arrangement to their holiday host or hostess. Whether you are a giver of flowers or the recipient of a winter bouquet, there is nothing like connecting with friends and family through a special arrangement of blooms. Each time they are admired, we are reminded of those who thoughtfully and lovingly gifted them to us, and consequently, we experience hygge.
Flowers Can Inspire New Traditions
Creating new traditions that we can look forward to year after year, or season after season, is another way of creating hygge. For instance, while finding hygge this year by tending to winter flowers with your family, giving your grandmother or aunt a holiday floral centerpiece for the dinner table, picking out the perfect poinsettias with friends, or sending blooms to a loved one far away can quickly become a new tradition.
Beautiful & Fragrant Stems Urge Us to Be Mindful
“Stop and smell the flowers” is a saying the reminds people to slow down, look up from their phones, be present in the world around them, and take pleasure in the simple things in life. In other words, this quote tells us how to experience hygge. Especially bouquets of winter flowers, they captive us, draw us in with their pretty petals, and prompt us to seek out their fragrances. Mindfully, we marvel over this gift from Mother Nature.
Hygge can be described as “when the ordinary lights up your soul,” and here at Adrian Durban, we know our winter flowers and holiday arrangements do just that.