Denmark, Life

7 Ways to Embrace Hygge in the Fall // Efterårs Hygge

Hello, everyone! Today is all about FALL! This season is such a happy time for me, and I’m sure many of you feel the same! Seeing the leaves change and eating everything pumpkin is pure bliss. I love pulling out all of my comfy sweaters and watching Halloween movies. For me, hygge and autumn go hand in hand. Hygge is a something special you feel and experience. I know it is quite a big trend in the U.S. right now, but here in Denmark, it is a way of life. You don’t have to go out and buy candles to practice hygge. Simply snuggling on the couch with your family with lots of warm blankets and a good movie is ‘hyggeligt.’ 🙂 Below is a list of my favorite things to do during the fall season to embrace hygge and enjoy this wonderful time of year.

1. Decorate

Adding a few seasonal touches to your home is one of the easiest ways to get into the fall spirit. I don’t have as many decorations as I’d like, but the tiny ones I do have make me so happy – especially this gold and white pumpkin!

My mom mailed me this adorable decorative Halloween book last year when she heard about my struggle finding Halloween decorations here in Denmark. Luckily, I did manage to find this little jack-0-lantern this year!

2. Light Some Candles

Lighting candles is probably one of the first things people think of when they hear the word “hygge”, and it sure is a good way to make your home feel extremely cozy. Yankee Candles are my personal favorite. My mom has used them my whole life, and the scent of them reminds me of home. Spiced Pumpkin always makes me think of my mom’s chocolate chip pumpkin bread and watching Halloweentown with my family. 🙂

3. Bake Some Apple Muffins

As you should know, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I love to make it special with some yummy baked goods! These apple muffins were so amazing. I did tweak the recipe (linked here) a little bit and just used what I had on hand, but these were a big hit!

Or an Apple Pie …

A classic fall (and American) favorite! Apple pie is a given September through November. I LOVE PIE. I love the way it smells as it bakes in the oven. I love it with ice cream for dessert. And I love it with a big cup of coffee for breakfast. You can’t go wrong with apple in the autumn time.

4. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

There is nothing more cozy than walking through a pumpkin patch in an oversized sweater on a chilly fall day. I always loved finding the perfect pumpkin and seeing all the cornstalks and haystacks! Pumpkin patches are certainly one thing I miss about home, but I did spot a nice pumpkin display in the city recently that reminded me of something from Pennsylvania.

5. Make a Delicious Homemade Soup

I really like to cook – especially comfort food. Eating a steaming bowl of soup on a cold evening is the best! I just whipped up this soup using some leftover chicken and some cans I had in the pantry like diced tomatoes and kidney beans. I topped it off with a little sour cream and cheddar cheese, and it was perfect.

6. Have a Fall Latte

I enjoy chai lattes all year around (with LOTS of cinnamon on top.) They are one of my very favorite drinks! However, I guess it is most appropriate to drink them in the fall and winter season. 🙂

Being that this next drink is limited to only the fall season, I’d recommend the Pumpkin Spice Latte – or frappe in this case (as shown in the photo below.) Both are delicious! I know it is such a basic thing to say, but there is a reason the PSL gets so much hype! I am sooo thankful that Starbucks offers the Pumpkin Spice Latte in Denmark. It wouldn’t be fall without it!

7. Pick Up a Fall Scent

Self-care is so important. I can’t stress that enough! Just taking the extra 10 seconds to apply some lotion after a shower or put on some hand cream before bed is something I always make time for. Normally around this time of year, I head to Bath and Body Works and pick up some Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin body wash and lotion (it has been a fall staple for me for nearly 8 years.) Unfortunately, Bath and Body Works is not in Denmark. You can imagine how excited I was when The Body Shop released their Vanilla Pumpkin line! It smells amazing and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I also picked up a travel sized Almond Milk & Honey body butter, as it is another super cozy and calming scent.

I hope you enjoyed this simple and fun list! I would love to hear what YOUR favorite thing to do in the fall is. Let me know in the comments below. 🙂 Also, I just wanted to give credit to my mom for always making the change of seasons such a happy time in our house. She has inspired me sooo much and is truly the queen of Halloween! You can see how she decorates the house for here.

Have a great day!

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  • Reply Luna Crone October 22, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Oh yes, your Mom is the Queen Of Halloween! And I was so happy to find her, in Blog Land! 🙂

    The little book she sent you….. I have often seen the cover art, at this time of year. But never knew where it came from. Now I do.

    I have a Pumpkin Spice candle, on my kitchen island now. And through the season. Along with Warm Apple Pie candle, at times. They are delightful. Not overly scented, and not seeming like mostly chemical smells. I love the gentle ones.

    Happy Haunting Time!

    Luna Crone

    • Reply Madison Marie October 25, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Happy Haunting Time! I love that! Hehe same to you, Luna 🙂

  • Reply Billie Jo October 22, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    I adore this!!!!
    I am so happy that you are carrying on the special touches we love so much here,
    and how awesome is it that it goes hand in hand with the culture of Hygge in your Nicolas’ Denmark?
    I love everything about this, my daughter.
    Love you!!
    See you soon!!!

    • Reply Madison Marie October 25, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Love you, momma <3

  • Reply mamasmercantile October 22, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    It is a delight to see that you have carried on such wonderful traditions that you were brought up with. It is always a great thrill to see my own daughters passing on traditions to their children. I am a lover of Pumpkin Spice candles too and of course soup.

    • Reply Madison Marie October 25, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Thank you! Hope you are enjoying this beautiful time of year <3

  • Reply Linda Conley October 22, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Madison!!! (hopping over from your moms) I just love this post, thank you for the smiles. I am just so proud of you (and I know you don’t know me and vice versa, but your mom is just such a lovely person ). Waving to Nicolas. Sending many hugs to you from Western NY.

    • Reply Madison Marie October 25, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Hi, Linda! Awww thank you so much! You are sweet! Happy to be blog friends <3

  • Reply Lauren@SimplyLKJ October 22, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Hopped over from your sweet mom’s as well. And yes, she taught you well. Adore all her holiday posts. My father was raised in Denmark, so I enjoy reading about your comings and goings and the traditions there. I love this time of year, especially once it gets dark a bit earlier. Nothing like lighting fall scented candles and cozying up with a good book.

    • Reply Madison Marie October 25, 2017 at 8:57 am

      Hi, Lauren! Oh my goodness, that is so cool. Do you speak any Danish or celebrate any Danish traditions? 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Pam Jackson October 22, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    I love fall…I love Halloween. I love to decorate everything for Halloween! You have some really great ideas on what to do…and that apple pie is looking good.

    • Reply Madison Marie October 25, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Thank you, Pam! It’s so fun to decorate for Halloween – I agree 🙂

  • Reply sie October 23, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Hi Madison, my name is Sue, so nice to meet you, your post about Autumn was so precious, I enjoyed and savored each word, and your beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing.
    I was especially blessed by your thoughts of your mother.

    • Reply Madison Marie October 25, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Hi, Sue! So nice to “meet” you. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Barb October 23, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Hi Madison!

    I popped over from your mom’s blog, I just love her! You definitely take after your mom, she has a very special way of making things cozy, and so do you. I am so happy that I made this little visit today, I sure did enjoy it! Your apple muffins look delicious, I’m going to make a batch and think of your part of the world when I do. Hugs and Love from, Idaho!


    • Reply Madison Marie October 25, 2017 at 8:44 am

      Hi, Barb! Thank you so much for your sweet comment. <3 Hope you enjoyed your apple muffins!

  • Reply Eena October 23, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    YESSS. I love this post so much! Definitely feeling the fall vibes from this – I’m actually headed to a pumpkin patch today (finally!!) and I couldn’t be more excited.

    cabin twenty-four

    • Reply Madison Marie October 25, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Oh my goodness, so jealous! Hope you picked out the perfect pumpkin. 🙂

  • Reply Veronica October 25, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Apple pie and Spiced Latte please. We get that Starbucks flavor here in the Philippines too even if we don’t have fall.

    Joy to the World

    • Reply Madison Marie October 25, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Hi, Veronica! Isn’t it so nice that Starbucks carries their season-themed drinks all over the world? It is so yummy!

  • Reply Radi October 25, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Baking and a cup of coffee are my favorite because I get to really enjoy them.
    Your photos are fantastic. Love this autumn spirit!

  • Reply Sam October 26, 2017 at 1:45 am

    I love chai lattes! And I’ve made a few apple crumbles already with the apples I got from apple picking. Yum!

    Samantha Series

  • Reply Juliana October 26, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    I really enjoyed this post. I love your decorations and those cupcakes look so delicious! I love this time of year.


  • Reply Sofia October 27, 2017 at 7:29 am

    I loveee Yankee Candles! They actually smell so good!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

  • Reply Laura October 27, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Ohh so much cosyness! I’ve heard a lot of good things about Yankee candles and those scents you chose sound just perfect. I’m also really, really craving apple pie right now… x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • Reply Courtney October 27, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    These are awesome ways to celebrate fall! I love baking stuff during the fall because it’s so good and always makes the house smell wonderful.

  • Reply Shannon Mahaney October 29, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    I love all of these suggestions! My favorite things about fall are the fall candles and baking. Just the baking alone makes my home smell incredible!

  • Reply Jasmin Charlotte October 30, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Ah sooo many cozy things in this post! I’m all for candles and halloween decorations at the moment!

    • Reply Madison Marie October 31, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Thanks so much for reading, Jasmin! xx

  • Reply Julia November 5, 2017 at 1:45 am

    Loved reading this and even though it’s not fall in Australia at the moment it’s still quite cold and this post really made me want to get all cosy! I’m going to get myself some candles to light and bake some apple muffins 🙂

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  • Reply Kim November 6, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Whoops, I am a bit late in commenting, since it is past Halloween time but I love this post! Your pictures look gorgeous and these are all such wonderful ideas for embracing fall (or hygge!) I’m always dying to light candles during this time of year, but because I have a parakeet, I can’t (the scent and smoke is bad for their lungs). I’ll just live vicariously through you!

    • Reply Madison Marie November 13, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Hehe thanks so much, Kim! 🙂

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