A book, a mug, a candle and fireplace while sitting in a cosy chair or sofa and a warm drink with baking help to bring out the cosy, relaxed Danish lifestyle of Hygge – pronounced hue-guh. It’s the practice of warmth, comfort and feeling of calm.
Do you know what this means? Have you ever heard of “HYGGE” before?
It really could be the next best discovery you make, if you haven’t already.
“Hygge pronounced hue-guh, not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends and or family, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special”, as defined by hyggehouse.comAlex”
This Danish lifestyle practice is prevalent in Denmark and some in Norway as a way to socialize, converse, organize activities whether home or work-related and to relax. It is a way to get the best out of long, dark and cold winters and summer long sunny days
It is a level of cosiness and comfort that creates feelings of contentment and/or well-being that comes from
doing simple things such as lighting candles, reading, playing board games, doing puzzles, baking or spending social time at home or in a social environment with your family. and/or friends. Oh and don’t forget the hot chocolate, coffee, tea, cider and wine.
Danish winters are long, days are short but getting outside in the cold and sun is a relished activity as can be noted with the high amount of skiing that happens every winter in this country.
Hygge is carried right through to the summer months and to the outdoors when the summer days are long and sunny. Hiking, picnics and being in the outdoors is a summer priority.
Minimal possessions and smaller dwellings are quite common in Scandinavian countries. This lifestyle is more recently, being practised in North America too. There are many books available now that helps to guide the newbie “Hygge” person consider their personal options in its practice.
More and more people internationally are practising the Hygge lifestyle. So let’s see what it takes.
What do you need?
To begin practising this concept, it does not take much to get started.
You really only need some of the following to get started;
- ceramic mugs with coffee, cider or hot chocolate, porcelain teacups for tea, wine glasses filled with wine.
Any of these being family hand-me-downs or vintage are all the better.
- platters and small plates for the bits and pieces of pastries, cheese, meats, olives and whatever suits your fancy
- warm blanket or throw for curling up on the cosy chair or love seat
- comfy clothes like thick socks and sweaters
- books to read or puzzles and board games to do with others, a knitting basket with more sweaters and socks and mittens being made
- Candles, fire in the fireplace if you have one. Electrical fireplaces are a nice option. There are so many beautiful smelling candles and they come in so many sizes, and colours that you will find your few favorites.
- a cosy special spot to set as your special place in your home. This can be a corner you set up as a special spot or it could be a window seat surrounded by books or a fireplace with cosy chairs and a puzzle table. It is all YOUR choice.
Ceramic and porcelain mugs and plates for treats
The hygge living is steeped in a simple minimal type lifestyle with items being passed on or passed down to family and or friends as they create their own new living arrangements. Grandma and Great-grandmas teacups or mugs can be passed down to keep them in the family and everyone is encouraged to use and enjoy the past lives through them. The same goes for pastry platters or cake plates.
If you don’t have these items in your family to share there are many vintage and antique shops to scour and find your own treasures to start the custom.
There are great selections of mugs everywhere
Great mugs are everywhere and everyone has their own likes when it comes to mugs. You probably have your favorite ones, ones that get used at mealtime and ones for the company.
You will find mugs, teacups with matching plates, bowls and platters at department stores, Kitchen supply stores, warehouse-style stores, speciality stores, online has many places and even most food stores now carry very nice ones that get often refreshed and seasonally.
If you want to replace your current set you can always ask your family and friends to get it for you for a special occasion. And of course, recycle the old set to a family member, friend or the many thrift stores there are.
You can also give yourself a gift and get new ceramic mugs, plates and platters or whatever you desire just because!
Here are some suggestions I found that may interest you.
Hygge is all about comfort, being cosy, connecting with friends and family and hominess, oh and don’t forget the ceramic mugs and porcelain teacups too!
Whether you like something warm or cool to drink, cheese, olives and meats or pastries and dainties to consume in your cosy spot doing what pleases you, and with whoever fits into this, the choice is yours. Big warm blankets and fuzzy sweaters, woolly socks and cosy pants all add to the feeling of comfort.
Hygge, in my opinion, is all about being able to take time to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate in a state of personal interest, personal comfort and the degree of cosiness that you welcome. It can be in any place of your choosing that gives you all this. Bottoms up!
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