My ancestry is Danish, English, and Scottish. Pale people of the North. I myself am a pale person of the North, and I am honoured to continue our family legacy of hibernation and sunburn.
In Denmark, the winters are cold and long, not unlike Canada. However, it can be said that the Danes do winter especially well. A fundamental part of Danish culture is hygge (pronounced hue-gah). Hygge is a concept of coziness when relaxing with friends and loved ones and enjoying the simple pleasures in a comfortable setting, often with candles. It is actually difficult to describe, as in English there is no direct word equivalent. Denmark also consistently rates as one of the happiest countries in the world. Their sense of simplicity and minimalism in design and life is extremely inspirational to me. I believe that this focus away from materialism creates a greater ability to concentrate on what is really important, the people in your life.
We are on round 5 million (slight exaggeration) of winter colds at my house. After a busy day, and with a sinus headache and cough, I decided to make tonight as hygge as possible. Comfy clothes and my favourite people. Tea and candles. Cuddles and books. Early bedtimes.
iTunes visualizer on our screens and calm music. Tonight I was in the mood for The Bliss by The Fortunate Ones. Lovely blend of an East coast and folk sound with heartfelt lyrics. So relaxing. The entire album is wonderful. Have a listen!
Cuddling with my favourite little people. Our yearly family photo album arrived today and we had so much fun looking at pictures of ourselves! How to keep a 2 year old happy- show him pictures and videos of himself! Works every time!
Lavender is the most relaxing fragrance. I love it. Santa knew this and brought me this delightful candle. Thank you Santa!
Such a perfect night full of hygge. I wish the same for you tonight or soon. Goodnight!