...I am secretly Danish.
'Hygge' is a Danish concept, which translates (very roughly) to 'cosiness'. Only, of course, if you're Danish you have the added inbuilt advantages of long dark nights and snow, which we all know add to the general 'cosy' factor. But, what with all the rain and the general 'blurghness' of the weather lately, I have been trying to indulge myself in hygge, and I have found it to be a most satisfying thing. It's not just 'being' cosy, near as I can understand, it's more about 'experiencing' the cosy. You know that lovely moment when you snuggle down into a warm bed on a cold night and listen to the wind howling around and think 'I don't have to get up in the morning'? I think that is hygge.
So, for the unititiated into the whole 'cosy/hygge' thing, here is a small list of things I have found necessary to fully immerse myself into the experience:
Onesie - or other garment unsuitable for actually wearing outside either for reasons of practicality (ie, totally made of fleece or some other fabric that lets the wind in) or decency (bits of food, general tattiness)
An open fire - if you don't have one, try setting fire to the curtains. It gives you long enough to toast a marshmallow, if you're quick.
A good book - can I recommend one of mine? Or a magazine or something on the telly.
Hot chocolate - this must include whippy cream, marshmallows and a flake.
Cushions - honestly, how did I spend so much of my life not knowing about cushions? Anyway. Cushions, Loads of them. If you don't have any, use a cat. If you don't have a cat, I'm not entirely sure what you're doing reading this blog, but anyway.
Now. Just lie back and indulge yourself. Listen to the wind, preferably outside, but, you know... embrace the snuggletudinosity of the moment.
Yes, I know it won't last. But, we tried...
|Picture from http://www.thehyggejournal.com/2015/12/24-days-of-hygge-for-christmas-day-10_10.html. Yes, there are whole blogs about hygge! It isn't just me, for a change.|