Hygge

The world outside has snuggled down under the night’s puffy duvet. The warm candlelight flickers in the mason jars on the table, while soft jazz plays quietly. My friend and I sit on the sofa, playing a game – we tell stories, inspired by the pictures we can see on a dice we throw by turns. I have brewed some lovely Oolong tea in my little red teapot, and we sip the delicate brew from the tiny teacups. It is snug and warm. It is cosy. It is hygge.

Another evening. Dusk is slowly closing in. We are at my husband’s pyrography workshop. He is an artist who burns pictures onto wood. It is not surprising, then, that we can smell the smokey scent of wood. The stereo sends soft piano sounds floating to our ears. In the jars – this time – there are fairy lights, glowing with the warm, gold light. There are three of us – each one occupied with burning images onto wooden disks. It is snug and warm. It is cosy. It is hygge.

Yet another evening. And again, there are candles, some gentle music. My husband and I sit at the table. We eat dinner we have cooked together. We talk. It is snug and warm. It is cosy. It is hygge.

And another evening. I am wrapped in a blanket. I listen to my favourite tunes while reading my book, totally engrossed. My cat sleeps next to me, looking like a soft fur ball. I sip hot cocoa. It is warm and snug. It is cosy. It is hygge.

Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish concept that encourages us to enjoy little, pleasant and cosy things.

What is hygge, you might ask – if you haven’t already heard about it. Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish concept that encourages us to enjoy little, pleasant and cosy things (e.g. like a comfy blanket, a fireplace or candles, a cup of mulled wine or woolly socks). It invites us to spend some quality time with our nearest and dearest (e.g. cooking together, playing board games, star gazing, going for a walk or watching a film). Hygge are all those lovely, enjoyable moments. It is the time of relaxation, resting and celebrating life with the people we love the most. The weather doesn’t matter. Neither does the season or the current situation of the world. What matters are all those magical moments, we can create ourselves, at home. Isn’t that beautiful?

Photo by Monika Holmes, art work by Rob Holmes

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