Care to Hygee?

Funny how you can live your whole life and never hear a certain word, then out of the blue it seems you are hearing it everywhere.  In fact you realize the bookstore has whole display tables on the subject.  How could I have missed this you may ask?  In my case the word is “Hygee”.

Here is how it started.  I was at a Christmas party last month when a friend mentioned she was visiting Copenhagen and looking forward to hygeeing.  Excuse me? I said.  She then explained it was a lovely custom of spending a relaxed time with friends and enjoying the simple pleasures of the season.  And just in case I am not the last person on the planet to know this word and/or custom, here is Wikipedia’s take on Hygee:

Hygee is a Danish and Norwegian word with a unique definition. “Hygge” as a noun includes a feeling, a social atmosphere, and an action.  The word is also used in compositions such as “Julehygge” (Christmas-hygge). “Hygge” is also a verb, e.g. “Lets hygge”; and as an adjective, e.g. “A small, hyggeligt house with grass on the roof.”  

The noun “Hygge” includes something nice, cozy, safe and known, referring to a psychological state. “Hygge” is a state where all psychological needs are in balance.

Sounds lovely right?  Interested in what it takes to have the full Hygee experience?

Here is the short list:

A fire, the bigger the better.

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Candles, lots!

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Friends and loved ones.

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Cozy blankets and comfy chairs.

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Lots of warm sweaters and soft flannel.

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Delicious comfort food.

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Enthuastic cooks.

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And wine, lots of wine.

So there you have it.  A simple plan to make it through a cold February.

BTW Hygee parties are becoming all the rage.  Any ideas for a good play list?

 

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