Monday, November 13, 2017

Hygge. Huh?

As winter approaches with it's long dark nights and grumblings....
I wanted to offer a different perspective,
a happier, Danish perspective.

Last year I started hearing about Hygge.
(It is pronounced HOO-GA.)

It is an attitude.
A cozy, warm, gently lit, friendly attitude.

I think of it as slowing down and making the best of the ordinary days.

To me it is saying to myself, "Oh good, it's so nice and dark out, it's perfect for lighting candles and visiting and sitting by this fire with this blanket on my lap...and some cake and a book or a Hallmark movie with my knitting needles."

It's looking for the beauty and grace in the moment instead of dreading it.

This little page says it all.
I hope you can read it.
You know I don't like to be redundant.

I am trying to set up a little spot of coziness.  
I kind of already have one....or two.
But I think I need a little table to put books and candles and a bowl of soup.

But just thinking about this makes me feel calm inside.
Makes me want to pull up a blanket and turn down the lights and look out the window at the stars.

The book is full of nice ideas and statistics about light and candles and how the Danes look at life.
And honestly, it makes me a wee bit proud to be Danish.

Encourage one another,



  1. Anonymous6:23 PM

    I feel cozier just having read this. ❤️ Karen F.

  2. Anonymous11:51 PM

    I love this! And yes, I admit it, I have been doing some dark weather grumbling. I am going to try to remember your "making the best of ordinary days". And drink some tea (or hot chocolate) by a lit candle.

    Debbie Z.

  3. This little gem of a book is only 1.99 on kindle. But a real, paper book would be more hygge-friendly. Alaskans think about winter this way: time to go outside and enjoy winter, be in nature, then come indoors and be cozy. And part of the reason we keep twinkly Christmas lights up til March (kinda like Stars Hollow!).

    I like the spirit of it, to keep things calm and soothing. I'm working on it.

  4. Looooooove this! I need this book and the attitude. Thank you for sharing. xoxo

  5. Oh, I adore a cozy home! I'm one of those people that always has enjoyed fall and winter. I loved when my kids were young and life slowed down a bit. All the wonderful times together with a fire in the fireplace, board games, baking, soup, books, snow, dogs in the snow, candles. I could go on and on!

  6. Anonymous4:37 PM

    I read the book when we got it at our library, really good! Hygge is the right kind of advice for winter especially. We like to sit in front of our fireplace and read, so cozy! love and prayers for each of you here at QL, jep


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