I came across an article about the Danish concept of Hygge not long ago; about how people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (or those who just hate the colder, darker months) might benefit from adding a bit of it to their lives.
Hygge, as it turns out, is all about the “cozy” in life. Or, something like that. It’s a feeling that encompasses all of those things that make say, Christmas, so magical. It’s love. It’s an inviting fire with a cup of delicious tea when it’s snowy outside. It’s snuggling with your loved ones – furry or otherwise. For most of us knitters, it’s an afternoon free and a bag full of fresh-spun wool. It’s well-being. It’s sanctuary.
When I read about it, I knew it deep it my bones already. It was in there all along, just waiting for a good word to put to it. Paul has always called it all of my “little things”. Those things that make you feel at home, that make you happy. It turns out I’ve been practicing hygge my whole life.
December is, indeed, the sort of “holy month” for hygge, for lack of a better term. Think about it: the tree, the lights, the comfort foods, the festivities. It’s a month where we all know the cold and dark of winter is breathing down our backs but we push it aside to celebrate joy and warmth and love.
I have it all around me.
A darling paperwhite bulb in the kitchen window.
My favorite happy little sparkly reindeer ornament.
My very favorite tea, which I will enjoy this evening, snuggled on the couch with my girls after a dinner of spicy vegetable soup.
The soft glow of the Christmas tree, which still smells divine! We sat cuddled up next to it today and watched the classic Baryshnikov version of The Nutcracker.
These fantastic little heat packs. Great for cold feet, headaches, backaches, and cozying up your blankets at night.
A big, furry, polar bear of a dog and a tiny sweet kitten.
My purry little companion, curled up in a wool blanket. A wool blanket woven from the wool of the very sheep I can see from my comfy chair as I type. If that’s not hygge, I don’t know what is!
Go forth, fill your world with hygge! And even more, allow yourself to revel in it a bit!