11 Things To Get You In The Mood For Christmas

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The festive period is finally upon us, the lights are up, the candles are burning and the carol singers are out. There really is no better time of the year, unless you are Scrooge or the Grinch. I’ve been getting very excited for Christmas and little aspects are slowly seeping out in to my house. All of these things seem to be particularly hygge too, if you don’t know what hygge is, where have you been for the past six months?!

The Danish word hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary everyday things simply extraordinary; whether it’s making coffee a verb by lingering over a cup to a cosy evening in with friends to lighting a candle with every meal. Over the last few months I have preparing my home and life with the hygge concept, from burning odourless candles to reading my favourite book, and from learning about essential oils to investing in a selection of lounge wear for the winter.

Because of this I decided to put together a list of 11 things to get you in the mood for Christmas and run a competition alongside, so that you also join in the hygge hype. The competition is to win a hygge package so you can relax, unwind and get cosy.

1. Candles

The ultimate Christmas hygge; candles are the epitome of Christmas and all things homely. Bulk buy a load of candles and dot them around your home for the festive period. And all year round for that matter…

2. Mariah Carey and Michael Buble

Mariah Carey and Michael Buble are essentially Christmas personified. Just don’t mention the c-word or play a Christmas tune before November or else you may begin to have some haters.

3. Wine

Obviously can drink wine all year but Christmas merely gives you a good excuse to drink more and not regret it the day after.

4. Advent calendar

Reward yourself every morning with a small piece of chocolate for getting out of bed and heading to work!

5. Pyjamas

I am pyjama wear both day, night, weekend and weekday. I choose comfort overlooking dapper any day. I love buying a new pair of pyjamas every other month and there is nothing better than feeling comfy whilst looking stylish!

6. Red lipstick

A red lip goes a long way and hides an abundance of sins. Beat the hangover and slap on some red lipstick for the ultimate Christmas look!

7. Christmas films

But will you really ever tire of that Love Actually scene? And one thing is for sure once Elf makes it way on to our screens you know Christmas has fully arrived.

8. Sending Christmas cards

It may be old school but sending a Christmas card goes a long way these days. It shows more than ever you have spent time buying, writing and posting the cards to your friends and family. And they are even better to receive! Check out these quirky cards from my Christmas Gift Guide.

9. Duvet days

A day off work with no plans? A duvet day is necessary, especially to go alongside #3 and #5. Get those films on, open the popcorn and enjoy a fun-filled day of relaxing and reminiscing.

10. Christmas jumpers

Itchy, itchy, itchy. But it wouldn’t be Christmas without an oversized comedy Christmas jumper. Especially if you wear it to work, then you really do look like a plonk.

11. Friends and family

Nothing says Christmas more than spending time with those you love, friends and family. Mulled wine in front of the TV on Christmas Eve, chocolate for breakfast with your brother on Christmas morning and watch your pops fall asleep at 9pm later that day. Christmas is nothing without family.

What reminds you of Christmas? I love to hear about unique things that remind people of Christmas. Let me know in the comments!



Prize includes:

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking
A meal for 2 at Paris House (worth £120)
Freshskin 10ml Lavender Pure Essential Oil
Comfy woolly socks
2 x Rescue Remedy products
Coffee beans from BySea

And as a little thank you for taking part every one of my readers also gets 10% off every booking made at Paris House using the code SOPHIESSUITCASE at the checkout!

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Term and conditions

  • This competition is only open to UK residents.
  • The winner of the competition will win: 2 course meal at Paris House, essential oil, fluffy socks, Rescue Remedy, hygge book + coffee beans in a package.
  • You MUST sign up for the Paris House newsletter and complete all the suggestions ie. following channels on social media.
  • Redemption must be made by: 1st February 2017.
  • The competition will run from midday on Monday 28th November 2016 and closes at midnight on Monday 12th December 2016.
  • The prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative will be offered.
  • The winner is chosen at random using Rafflecopter.
  • The winner will be contacted via email and will need to confirm their acceptance of the prize within 7 days.


  • Nickie
    November 28, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Winter evenings are always spent under a fluffy blanket – so, so cozy!

  • Fiona King
    November 28, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Hibernating season now under way. Snuggling in the warmth with a hot water bottle is for me

  • amy bondoc
    November 28, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    hot water bottle, thick cosy socks, fleece pjs blankets and candles!

  • caroline walliss
    November 28, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Im in my Onesie!x

  • Tracy K Nixon
    November 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    With cosy lounge wear and woollen throws, cushions and my favourite furry hot water bottle!

  • Jo Hutchinson
    November 28, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    My fluffy slippers and huge woollen cardigan

  • Jackie ONeill
    November 28, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    every evening in my pjs after my bath, snuggled up on sofa in front of fire

  • Jenny Brady
    November 28, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Fresh pj’s and hot bath with a book!

  • Stefan Botfield
    November 28, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    The smells! Christmas Tree, mulled wine spices, Christmas dinner, hot water bottles, hot drinks, cranberry sauce, sloe gin. Great time of year!

  • Lucy Major
    November 28, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Pj’s, blankets and slippers 🙂

  • Amez2012
    November 28, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    lots of blankets!

  • holly_gibson
    November 28, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Lots of candles and my dressing gown

  • Jane
    November 28, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    With my comfy big sleepers and the log burner on

  • Lauren
    November 29, 2016 at 10:03 am

    A fluffy pair of socks and some big cushions to cuddle up with, usually whilst watching a good Disney film.

  • Nikki Haywood
    November 29, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Pj’s and fluffy throw infront of the fire

  • Jo Carroll
    November 29, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    I use lots of twinkly L.E.D. lights to add a more relaxing glow to my home rather than big lamps. x

  • Sophia
    November 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    bulk buying candles checked off my list already!!! this post (as well as your Copenhagen visit) currently inspiring my planning for a wintery trip to Nyhavn XX

  • Ellie Wood
    November 30, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Big fluffy socks and cosy blanket to keep warm at night

  • Lorna Roberts
    December 1, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Apples- I spent one Christmas in China and the local students associated apples with it and we got a massive apple hamper from the university. The fruit there was sublime 🙂

  • Michaela Smith
    December 1, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Cashmere bed socks – candles and a soft throw 🙂

  • Sandra Bald
    December 1, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Reading my book with a glass of red wine in hand sitting in my favourite comfy chair

  • Helly Moulden
    December 1, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Has to be my thick cosy blanket. Perfect for when it’s freezing like this!

  • Amanda
    December 1, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Curled up on my squishy sofa with scented candles and fluffy socks

  • Jules Smith Eley
    December 1, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    with a book, a blanket and pretty candles!

  • GeorginaN
    December 1, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Candles, hot chocolate, a big fluffy throw and my favourite book! It’s even nicer if you can hear the rain outside x

  • jennhaden3
    December 2, 2016 at 9:56 am

    I love to have lots of cozy blankets around and some lights for night, like candles and fairy lights x

  • Helen Stratton
    December 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    My having lovely cosy fabrics around me.

  • Lindsey Stuart
    December 3, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I love candles and little lights, they are super cosy looking in my home!

  • barbara daniels
    December 4, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    massive big blanket cave after work.

  • jennifer bolognesi
    December 5, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    poinsettia plants remind me of my lovely mum as they are everywhere at Christmas. I am not keen on them myself but whenever I see one it reminds me of her as she always had one in the house at Christmas.

  • Adeinne Tonner
    December 6, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Reading a nice book with a warm fluffy blanket

  • Cath Parkin
    December 8, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Hot water bottle, hot chocolate, my kindle

  • Caroline J Robinson
    December 9, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Candles lit, jazz music playing and a home cooked dinner with a bottle of red surrounded by my friends

  • Lauren O
    December 9, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    I do love candles so have quite a few of them dotted around, oh and lots of loungewear!

  • Solange
    December 10, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Book, candles, hot chocolate and a big fluffy blanket.

  • Michelle O'neill
    December 10, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    lots and lots of candles x

  • ♫ Alison M ♪
    December 10, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    lots of cosy throws

  • kim neville
    December 10, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    A nice heat holders blanket and socks and praline chocolate ????

  • Cheryl
    December 10, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Snuggling with a good book, under a blanket my mum knitted for me

  • snarepuss
    December 10, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    book, comfy blankets and wine 🙂

  • Karen
    December 11, 2016 at 2:02 am

    Cosy throws, candles and snuggles with my husband and pets!

  • Lynsey Buchanan
    December 11, 2016 at 3:53 am

    I cook homemade meals from family recipes

  • lesley
    December 11, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Candles, candles and more candles – absolutely addicted to them! A nice cosy blanket as well x

  • zoey
    December 11, 2016 at 10:44 am

    I love all the lights, outside and in, so pretty! Makes the journey home from work more enjoyable!

  • jo liddement
    December 11, 2016 at 11:05 am

    I take up a hot water bottle,mug of hot chocolate and a good book up to bed and cosy up and relax

  • Sam Megansmummy Parkes
    December 11, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Onesies, DVD nights and lots of home cooked food such as stews and casseroles.

  • Amy Dacre
    December 11, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I love all things Hygge. My living room is very Nordic. White and grey walls, fur rugs, fur cushions and fur throws on the sofas with an open fireplace. Lots of white hearts and photos of the family everywhere. Lots of cosy nights in with candles lit snuggled up to my fiancé with a hot chocolate and a good movie.

  • Charlie Brunton
    December 11, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I have lots of blanket and throws everywhere, candles and soft white fairy lights, fluffy socks, bubble baths and a hot chocolate before bed????

  • Carly Belsey
    December 11, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    I love a nice cosy blanket and a glass of baileys or a hot chocolate in the evenings 🙂

    December 11, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Lots of fluffy blankets, cushions and candles!!!

  • Tammy Neal
    December 11, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Lots of fluffy blankets, cushions and candles

  • Dianne Simpson
    December 11, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    The queues in Marks and Spencers Simply Foods

  • superscot
    December 12, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Cosy blankets, shandies and crisps