Hoo-ga! Not the sounds of a toga party, but a Danish word that has become very trendy. What is it? It’s not a thing, it’s a feeling, an atmosphere of warmth, peace, security and cosiness. I didn’t know about it before, but it turns out it is the exact way I want my home to feel. It comes from a Norwegian word that means well-being. The Norwegian word for warmth and hygge is koselig.
How do you create a hygge home?
- Candles and low lighting. Several sources of gentle light, rather than one big glaring overhead light. (In other words, very few workplaces are hyggelig). Fireplaces and woodstoves are ultimate hygge.
- Togetherness ideally 3-4 people. That’s my kind of socializing! 3-4 introverts chatting, with nobody competing for attention.
- Food? Coffee and cake are hygge approved choices. I love this!! Hot drinks and baked goods in general are the thing.
- Books. Enough said.
- Pleasing textures Soft sweaters and throws, beautiful wood furniture, lots of pillows.
- Activities Indoor choices include reading, movies, binge watching, board games, and cooking together.
- Christmas the most hygge day of them all.
- Happiness Scandinavians are knows to be the happiest people, based on poll after poll. The welfare of all is taken care of through high taxes and lots of benefits. Free education including University, health care, sensible hours of work, generous unemployment and welfare benefits. I guess you get what you pay for, in this part of the world.
- Pets they combine warmth, softness, togetherness, happiness and are way more hygge than humans.
Did I mention my father was from Norway? He immigrated to Canada when he was 12. So, I have Scandinavian blood, and I love many things Scandinavian. But not the fish. Ugh. Pass the cake, please.