Celebrating Life: Hygge

“You don’t spell it. You feel it.” Winnie-the-Pooh

It’s Friday again. This Friday I’m celebrating Hygge (pronounced HOO-GA). Back in 2019, I bought The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living. The Scandinavian countries spend some of the year without much natural sunlight. Yet, they all seem so happy. Here’s an excerpt from the introduction:

“Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and allow ourselves to let our guard down. You may be having an endless conversation about the small or big things in life–or just be comfortable in each other’s silent company–or simply just be by yourself enjoying a cup of tea.” Wiking page vi.

Holiday plans have changed or been cancelled for so many of us. Here in the PNW, we’ve been asked not gather with anyone outside of your immediately household for Thanksgiving and Christmas. While it will be hard not to see family and friends in person, this is a simple way the British Hubby and I can make our dwelling warm and cozy. There are some main components for hygge, but how I go about executing them is up to me. Above are some electric candles I acquired. (Burt burnt off his eyebrows when we had open flames.)

SkeinHerder’s Songs: Today I’ve mostly been listening to the wind rustle through the trees. It’s windy from the storms passing through.

How will you incorporate Hygge into your daily living?

4 thoughts on “Celebrating Life: Hygge

  1. Our kitty Hawthorn singed some whiskers, too. Fortunately she wasn’t hurt and the photo afterwards was pretty silly. Kitty curiosity catches all of us off-guard at times!

    Our holidays are almost always pretty quiet. I’m sure that yours will be lovely and cozy.

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    • It seems there really is something in the saying, “curiosity killed the cat.” They just can’t help themselves.

      We also like low key holidays that focus on good food, people we love, movies and sometimes hiking. Maybe even some snow?!

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  2. I hope your holiday will still be enjoyable. You have reminded me to unearth my hidden Hygge book from a few years ago – I got inspiration from it when I received it as a gift but unfortunately busy life and unappreciation kicked in – or I forgot to live the Hygge style! As for singes and cats – one of mine tried to lean into the fireplace and look up the chimney when the fire was lit – luckily it was only a little singeing !!

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    • Eek, we’ve not had any issues with the fireplace, but candles still continue to fox Burt. Cat’s just can’t help trying to figure out what’s going on. I’m sure the craziness of 2020 made me appreciate Hygge so much more than I previously did. Hopefully you find some inspiration too, Tinaor. Sometime something so simple can make a huge impact.

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