The nights have now well and truly drawn in. It's dark when I leave for work in the morning; it's dark when I arrive back home in the evening. It's cold, it's foggy, and there are days where the rain droplets seem to hang around in the air, even when it's not raining. The truth is that I am not a fan of winter; and I never have been.
This year I am preparing for autumn and winter in a new way, using Hygge.
According to Google, hygge means, 'a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).' The key word here being cosy.
Following months of constant depressive national news (Brexit and Covid-19 - I won't mention them again), and some tough personal challenges that I have had to face, I want comfort and I want it now!
To embrace hygge is to find the ultimate comfort, including: candlelight, blankets, warm clothing, indulgent food, hot drinks, and good company. To me this is the perfect environment for my winter hibernation. I want to be curled up on the sofa, under the warmest, cosiest blankets reading a good book by candlelight, with a bottomless cup of tea within my reach as often as I possibly can. I cannot think of a more perfect way to see through these cold months. Can you think of a better winter environment to relax and enjoy reading in? Even writing this is making me want to reach for my thick wooly socks and to dive onto the sofa with my current read. The scene is already set; the house is filled with the smell of Pumpkin Cider, thanks to the candle I've had burning for most of the day, the curtains are drawn, and the biggest cosiest blanket is waiting for me next to the sofa.
Winter is here, and I am ready. Thank you Denmark for letting us adopt your culture of hygge. I cannot think of a more suitable home ambience for me to see through these cold winter months.
Embrace hygge this winter
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