What the hell is hygge? I can hear you asking the question now. Well for all of us who have been out of touch with trends and fashion the Danish word hygge has often been translated into ‘coziness’ but it is more than that. Hygge is that warm glowy feeling you get when everything comes together perfectly. A log fire, mulled wine, soft cashmere sweaters, that blush on your cheeks and that warmth deep in the pit of your stomach. Hygge is really the art of creating contentment, both for yourself and for others.It’s probably those long dark Danish winters that have produced this sense of profound comfort. Canadians should also be very good at hygge, snuggling around the fire, hot cocoa and candlelight. Hygge is not prounced like it looks, ‘hoo-guh’ is the way to pronounce it with a soft accent, in fact pretend you are Danish and go for it.
Hygge is: Warm hot chocolate, white or dark but with real chocolate and handmade marshmallows.
Hygge is not: A Tim Horton’s hot chocolate in a paper cup.
Hygge is: hand knitted cashmere super soft socks
Hygge is not: black socks with holes in them and a high percentage of lycra and polyester
Hygge is: Candles, the more candles the better, soft lovely purely scented candles
Hygge is not: Those fake flame candles for the dollar store, or those cheap ass ones with your favourite Shopper’s Drug Store fake perfume scent.
Hyyge is: Snuggling around the fireplace, preferably a real log fire dark with the aroma of pine or applewood.
Hygge is not: Hanging out by a glass fronted modern gas fire all glass and rocks.
Hygge is: Making a house a home, lots of beautiful throw pillows, soft fluffy lap blankets and couches you sink into up to your chin. Danish furniture can be sleek and modern but to add some hygge go for cozy throws, lots of texture and softness in the accessories.
Hygge is not: Modern, chrome coffee tables, leather recliners or sleek white kitchens where nobody cooks.
Hygge is: Lots of flowers, potted plants overflowing terraces with bright coloured flowers and herbs.
Hygge is not: Immaculately groomed lawns, straight edged flower borders and not a leaf out of place.
Hygge is: A warm bath, overflowing with bubbles, lots of scented candles and relaxing to gentle music.
Hygge is not: A hot shower and a quick scrub with a loofah.
Hygge is: Snuggling up with fur lined slippers, a big thick soft bathrobe, cozy flannel p.j.’s.
Hygge is not: Silk nightgowns and satin pillows.
Hygge is: Hanging out with good friends, celebrating and laughing together over mulled wine
Hygge is not: Seasonal, it doesn’t just take place in winter when you can snuggle by the fire, hygge is seasonless. That warm glow on your cheeks when you head home from the beach with loved ones, that cool walk in the forest in fall. Hygge is a lifestyle not a trend.
Hygge is: Old school crafts like knitting, crochet, smocking, embroidery the lovely gentle arts of making something you can wear and use everyday.
Hygge is: Welcoming, friendly and for everyone. It transcends race, gender and other stereotypes it is a sense of well-being and inclusion and it is well worth bringing some Hygge into your life.
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