Hygge. The mysterious buzzword flying about the blogosphere at the moment. A Danish concept introduced to me by the beaut HG, I am now o b s e s s e d.
There is no real translation of the word ‘hygge’, it simply translates to a feeling, an essence. It is pronounced HOO-GAR (I have been pronouncing it HI-GEE for far too long) and it’s a Danish term for all things cosy, warming, uplifting and that makes you feel all warm ‘n’ fuzzy inside.
I mentioned Hygge in my 20 Quick Pick Me Ups post and have had a few Q’s since. As I have been telling ERRYONE about it, thought it would be nice to do a whole post on how to get more of this lovely concept into your life. Got ya blankets, bed socks and tea? Good, let’s start.
HYGGE IS SIMPLE
Snuggled on the sofa, PJ’s on, catching up with your boyf/chums/family whilst sipping a cuppa T and nibbling cookies still warm from the oven. Technically, this is hygge time. Just take it to the next level by switching off the main light, flicking on the lamps, lighting candles and replace TV with a cracking album and you are set. Doesn’t that feel better?
IT’S ALL ABOUT FAMILY / FRIENDS / LOVED ONES
Catching up with your closest gal pals, tea and cake with your Mumma and Grandma, dinner at home with friends. Hygge is all about indulging in time to just ‘be’ with ya nearest and dearest. Not so much big groups of people, just the ones you can be your weird self around. >:)
CANDLES (LOTS OF THEM)
One of the essentials. They don’t need to be big ole posh ones, even just a bunch of tea lights on a plate would be perfect. Obvs if you have a dreamy Jo Malone collection then go for it gal, but it is mostly about the loveliness a flickering candle creates.
COMFORT IS KEY
Basically everything you can think of that creates ultimate comfort. We’re talkin’ granny pants (the best), fluffy bed socks and dressing gowns. We’re also talkin’ all the cushions, throws and maybe even a fresh hot water bottle if you fancy OR even an open fire. Oooh so fancy.
That might be reading a few chapters of your book, baking a batch of brownies or noodling away on your guitar. Set the scene, pour a hot bev and get stuck in. The concept of hygge stems from simplicity, putting technology to one side and living like it’s 1997 or summin’. Maybs after you have posted your V #hygge set up on Instagram hehe.
STRAIGHT UP COMFORT FOOD
The winter warmers we dream of. The kinda grub your mum cooks when you are back home from uni for the weekend. A hearty spag bol, mac ‘n’ cheese, a stew with dumplings n errythang, nachos with LOTS of cheese. Or just y’know, a cheeseboard itself. That would go down just fine.
HYGGE HAPPENS ALL YEAR ROUND
You would think hygge was mostly a Autumn/Winter ting. But you can embrace it all 365 days of the year. Of course, in Denmark Christmas and the darkest months of the year are peak hygge time. Warding off SAD and embracing the lack of sunshine and warmth. But the feeling of hygge is everywhere. Sipping cool cider in a beer garden with friends, BBQ’s in the back garden with family, sitting on a beach eating a picnic dinner as the sun goes down. So simple, so good.
What are your thoughts on the hygge hype?