The leaves are changing, the air is crisp and fall hygge season has arrived. The Danish word “hygge” translates to coziness but there are so many ways to enjoy this season – from pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters to trying new traditions like apple picking or carving pumpkins. Here are 24 easy ways you can make the most of the Autumn season using these Fall Hygge Traditions and Ideas!
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Create a Fall Bucket List
Make a list of Autumn activities that center around the basics of Hygge: togetherness and coziness.
Check out our fall bucket list for plenty of ideas and a free printable bucket list too!
Relax in front of the Fireplace
When the weather is crisp and the days are shorter, try to find ways to reconnect with your family instead of always looking for something productive. Instead, get cozy by pulling up a chair and sitting in front of the fireplace.
This is the perfect way to practice hygge, and can be done solo or with family or friends. Get your softest, coziest blanket; cuddle up on the couch with your dog, or snuggle up with your kids as you read them a story in front of the fire.
Sip Warm Drinks
Enjoying warm drinks like tea, homemade pumpkin spice lattes or hot cocoa is a very simple activity you can incorporate into your daily routine during this fall season. This time of year is perfect for cozy moments indoors that are especially therapeutic on colder or rainy days.
Create a Cozy Nook
Find a peaceful space in your house with a comfy chair, a table to set a candle and a warm drink, a bookshelf, and designate it as a reading nook. Keep this area free of distractions like phones or computers; you can use blackout curtains to make your room darker so you’re more likely to fall asleep while reading!
Visit Farmer’s Markets
Head out to the nearest farmers’ market for fresh produce that will leave your kitchen smelling great. You can also get some Halloween decorations, homemade baked goods, and even Christmas trees at these local markets!
Live with intention
Fall is a time of harvest; be intentional about what you’re eating, drinking, buying, and doing this season. Buy seasonal produce from your local farmer’s markets and make stews, homemade pumpkin soup, chili, and other warming superfoods to nourish yourself.
Enjoy the Outdoor Fall Scenery
Hygge is more than cuddling up with a blanket next to the fireplace. It’s important to slow down and enjoy the fall season while you have the chance.
To become more in tune with the beauty of nature and enjoy the peace it brings, plan a low-key day outdoors. This could include going for a picnic at the park or seeing how many different ducks you can find by sitting by the lake.
Get out your coziest sweaters and pull them on as soon as you get the chance.
While many people like to wear their fall outerwear year-round, there’s no better feeling than bundling up in your favorite sweater with a cup of coffee or tea by the fireplace––especially if it has been raining outside all day!
Practice Gratitude in Fall
Use a journal to list three things you’re grateful for each day––either from that specific day or in general.
Fall is the time of year when many people take on a gratitude practice, which has been shown to reduce stress and promote relaxation. If this sounds like something you might be interested in trying out, try doing it after dinner over dessert with your family or while watching TV together!
A New Fall Mantra: “Good Enough”
Rather than striving for perfection, all fall long (and feeling disappointed when we don’t achieve it), let’s start embracing our imperfections instead by saying good enough every once in a while. This way we can focus more on enjoying life rather than stressing about what still needs to get done before winter comes around again next year.
Make Homemade Bread
Learn a new skill this fall season such as baking your own bread. The smell of fresh-baked bread is definitely Hygge! Maybe you could even try your hand at crusty, healthy sourdough bread!
Make Pumpkin Soup
Or anything pumpkin such as pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, or pumpkin pancakes. Pumpkins contain essential nutrients such as magnesium, which is needed for strong bones and teeth!
Decorate your Front Porch
Add fall touches to your front porch with scarecrows, hay bales, and pumpkin decorations. This is a great way to make your home look festive and welcoming.
Light The Candles
When fall comes around, we want to light up our homes with candles! Lighting a candle on a dark afternoon gives the room a cozy glow.
Use your best candles; how can you enjoy them if you keep them hidden in a drawer?
You can also use lighted birch branches such as these to add soft lighting and a Scandi vibe to your decor!
Do a Digital Detox
Put away your smartphone for a few hours and embrace the real world. Invite a friend over, spend time with your family, and connect!
Try to make this a daily event by scheduling “downtime” after 7 p.m. By making this part of your evening routine, you’ll sleep so much better too!
Get out the Warm, Chunky Blankets
The fall is a perfect time to snuggle up with your favorite blanket. Wrap yourself in it, read under the covers or tuck one on top of you while watching TV.
We want our homes to be cozy and comforting this season so we can have some “me” time!
Watching a movie is always enjoyable at home but if you don’t have access to an HDTV then break out your board games instead – they’re much more fun anyway! Play Scrabble for hours or try something new like Monopoly Junior edition. Make sure to include all of fall’s best seasonal words: pumpkin, scarecrow, apple cider & leaves.
Fall is a time for nourishing yourself with warming foods, so a soup night with family and friends is a great way to do that. Try a new soup recipe or make several small batches for everyone to try. It’s a great way to (re)connect with the people you care about!
Take up knitting or crocheting and make your own chunk blanket, fall sweater, or scarf.
Make a Fall Reading List
Curate a list of cozy, feel-good books for the Autumn season. Fiction, non-fiction..anything goes as long as it gives you positive, cozy vibes!
Make a Scarecrow
Making your own scarecrow is easy and fun! Choose a fall-themed shirt, hat, and pants for your scarecrow costume.
Use as many leaves, flowers, or other natural items as you can find to make this Autumn decoration come alive!
Even more fun: let every family member make their own scarecrow, so you’ll end with a scarecrow family!
Go Camping in Fall
Pack up the car with your fall-themed camping gear and head out to a state park or national forest.
Watch the night sky and make a campfire while snuggling in a cozy sleeping bag. If you time your trip correctly, you can even enjoy the Harvest moon!
Perfect for a Sunday! Break out those cozy PJs and spend the day watching movies, enjoying the fall colors, and drinking coffee or apple cider!
With the harvest comes plenty of food. Use those apples, pumpkins, and other fall foods to make pies, muffins, and soups. Pop over to the neighbors and gift them some of your homemade goodies!
Add little touches of fall to your home by using pumpkins, pine cones, and colorful fall leaves.
Change the pillow covers on your sofa to Fall-themed ones and get out the throw blankets.
Add beautiful table cloths or runners to your table and don’t forget to decorate the fireplace mantel!
Fall Hygge Wrap Up
We hope you enjoyed our Fall hygge ideas and are ready to embrace the season with joy, coziness, and contentment!