The first time I ever heard the term hygge (which is pronounced hue-gah, by the way) was in Stockholm a few years ago, when I traveled there with my sister. One of our tour guides mentioned it as a Scandinavian tradition -- creating a comfortable environment through enjoyment of the simple, ordinary things in life.
Hygge . . . is actually a Danish term - and there is no direct English translation. Basically, hygge is "the art of creating intimacy" -- a ritual of introducing simple pleasures to make the dark, cold months of the year as pleasurable as summer. It's about creating a mental state of coziness, warmth, and togetherness in the heart of winter.
I really need a bit of hygge in my life right now! Focusing on connection, well-being, and warmth sounds just perfect to me. I want to feel rooted by ordinary ritual, comfort, and presence. I want to create light . . . around me, and for those I love.
So . . . I'm planning to embrace all the ways of celebrating hygge -- creating comfort in my home, getting outside every day, pampering myself a little, looking for ways to connect with friends, slowing down and savoring the ordinary pleasures in my days.
I can start with my new slippers. Over Thanksgiving, when Erin was in town, we visited DSW (because she needed new boots, y'know?). I splurged on something for myself . . . $19.99 for some Dearfoam slippers with memory foam. This was a completely unexpected purchase -- because I'm not generally a slipper-wearer. (I prefer going barefoot around the house - even in the winter.) But these slippers with the memory foam? They are SO comfortable! I feel pampered every time I put them on. Hygge? Definitely!
Watch for future hygge-themed blog posts this month (and maybe all winter), as I look for ways to introduce comfort and warmth into my life.