If you do not live in Great Britain, you may be (sadly) missing out on the ‘hygge’ craze. Hygge is apparently a Danish word, pronounced ‘Huh Gah’ (Or something like that). It is generally described as ‘coziness’.An entire industy has sprung up to sell the concept of Scandinavian style and contentment (and fuzzy socks) to the Brits, but at its essence hygge seems to mean promoting a feeling of contentment with life. Fostering family, friends, and living well.
I am all for living well. I tend to think that as life can often be difficult, stressful or uncomfortable, taking a conscious decision to celebrate anything- big or small – can only be a good thing. If that means sitting in a cozy chair covered by a blanket while knitting and calling out tv quiz answers while Baby-Gusto plays board games then that is a good day. If it means getting together family and friends for Christmas drinks then even better. It is about celebrating – no, relishing- the small.
Christmas has to be the ultimate in hygge. In it’s best incarnation Christmas is about spending time with loved ones.
This week this is what I have celebrated.
This simple, gorgeous Christmas wreath. Not my house or door, but one in the Old Town of Cowes. I love the pale, pure, icy feel to this wreath.
Studying with candles. I am a sucker for candlelight, and lamps. We DO have overhead lights, but thankfully both H-G and I are big believers in diffusing the light by having chandeliers. When we first were married some 9 years ago we went a little overboard buying chandeliers from ebay. We still have more chandeliers than rooms- I joke that every decent bathroom needs a chandelier. Actually, that’s not a joke.
Clearing the junk from the hall table, and finally finding a place for the gilt mirror that H-G was a bit [hmm] about.
Christmas days out with the family.
Why have one wreath at the door when you can have 3?
My dog snuggled on her favourite chair is definitely hygge.
Christmas Eve dinner of baked ham, potato dauphinoise, peas and cranberry jelly.
Putting out on the mantlepiece the mince pie and sloe gin for Santa and a carrot for the reindeers.
Christmas day meal of roasted goose, apple sauce, roasted vegetables, bread sauce and gravy
Boxing day cosy dining room
Boxing day light lunch of cheeses (brie and stilton), apples, pears, walnuts, cucumber, tomato and crusty bread
This is our first ever crop of home-grown walnuts.
Followed by a good book in front of the fire.
Merry Christmas everyone!