Two pairs of feet in socks in front of a roaring fire
What you say?
 
What the heck is Hygge and how do I even say the word?
 
Think of pronouncing it as Hoo-Gah or Hue-Gah.
 
It’s a Danish word and translated as “cozy.” However, the philosophy is common throughout Scandinavia. 
 
I remember coming home from school on cold, winter afternoons to my Swedish grandparent’s farmhouse. Entering through the back porch, I was immediately assailed with the aroma of freshly-baked sugar cookies, brewing coffee, and feeling the immediate warmth of the old wood stove.
 
I realize now that I was experiencing a Hygge moment, although it wasn’t a word my Grandma used—it just was.
 
SO WHAT IS HYGGE?
 
It’s creating special moments that allow you to slow down and take the time to really savor friends and loved ones.
 
Mother with two young children by Christmas tree
 
It’s taking time out from worrying about money, acquiring more things, the state of world affairs, or anxiety about the future.
 
It’s about having simple experiences that make you feel joyful, grateful, and simply glad to be alive.
 
It’s a state of well-being, balance, and moderation in all things. Think of Hygge as an internal state and it’s the small things that make you feel it.
 
Candles in a sauna
 
 INGREDIENTS FOR A “HYGGE” HOME
 
.  Candles (unscented)
 
.  Firelight
 
.  Sheepskin or faux fur rugs placed on chairs or sofas
 
.  Delicious, tantalizing baked goods—cinnamon rolls, sugar cookies
 
.  Favorite beverages—coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot-mulled wine
 
.  Soft, textured fabrics—affordable cashmere, velvet, fleece
 
.  Cozy throws to curl up in
 
.  Thick, fluffy socks or slippers
 
.  A hot bath, followed with a warm, plush and fluffy towels
 
.  Good books
 
.  Sharing time with friends and loved ones
 
.  Enjoying alone time with yourself
 
.  Turning off tech devices
 
 
 
Hyggeting, when you get to the root of it, is how you want to feel in your home—not just in winter, but all year long.
 

You’ve had many, many Hygge moments and not paid much attention to their importance at the time. Perhaps, if we all think of the concept mindfully; if we stay aware and keep it front of mind, we really can live happier at home.
 
Helen Russell, who authored “The Year of Living Danishly,” said it best: “Hygge is the complete absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming” with “a focus on togetherness and prioritizing the people in your life.”
 
Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
 
Images courtesy BBC

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