Hygge for the Holidays
Pronounced, hooga, the Danish concept of Hygge is spreading its concept of warmth around the world. Marie Soderberg, a native of Denmark, says, “In a nutshell, it is the Danish word for finding happiness in life... it's like a compass, steering us towards small moments that money can't buy you, finding magic in the ordinary.”
The Scandinavian way of life and decorating has increased in popularity with the export of Ikea to America. They say Denmark is regularly voted the happiest country in the world. The Danes developed this concept of Hygge out of necessity. You see, they experience up to 17 hours of darkness and temperatures dipping to 0 degrees Celsius during the depths of Winter.
What can we learn from it?
Embrace that cozy feeling of “Togetherness, relaxation, indulgence, living in the moment, and comfort”. The following are some ways to cultivate Hygge during the Holidays, the Danish way:
- Light lots of candles. It's a Danish tradition during the Winter months. Interior surrounding is treated as an extension of self and a calming refuge.
- Eat good food. Fill your home with the aroma of freshly baked bread or cookies. Indulge in hot cocoa or tea with a good book. All these suggestions can bring Hygge into the home.
- Spend lots of time with friends and family.
- Don't rush. Take care not to overburden yourself during the Holidays with too many commitments.
- Make time for yourself to unwind and do things that are relaxing.
As you can see, the art of Hygge is essential for the Holiday season. If your life is lacking Hygge, make it a resolution to transform your home into a place of warmth and refuge from the outside world.