Hygge is all the rage … but what does it mean?
Hygge (pronounced ‘hue-gah’) is a Danish word that describes making the simple things in life more meaningful. It is thought the word originates in the Norwegian language, and was ‘adopted’ by the Danes from the late 18th century.
Despite the dark winters, the Danes are often considered to be the happiest nation on the globe, so let’s take a leaf out of their book and hug hygge in ten simple steps!
Cosiness – grab the snug rug or blanket, surround yourself with cushions, curl up and get cosy!
Simplicity – take pleasure in the simple things. A warming fire. Fluffy socks. Or both!
Comfort – change into a comfy outfit when you get home from work to help you de-stress. Relish the feeling of relief and security.
Kinship – enjoy an off-the-cuff meal with friends or family and spend time talking round the table. Unplanned things are often the best.
Christmas – this is the high season for hygge, and in the sombre darkness of winter, why not make your own mulled wine and savour the fragrance of cinnamon and cloves as the festive season approaches.
Have a brew – enjoy a proper cup of tea. Avoid dunking that tea bag, and use leaf tea, a proper strainer, an egg timer (to time the ‘steeping’), a tea sieve and teacup to enhance Britain’s favourite hot drink.
Candles – whether it’s a humble tea light or an expensive designer brand, all candles offer the peaceful, soft light once lit. As it’s the festive time of year, why not go a bit crazy with the candles and enjoy the experience.
Keep an eye on the clock – leave work on time, and spend that ‘extra’ time with loved ones.
Dress it up! – Given the unpredictable nature of our weather patterns, we never seem satisfied with our climate. There is a saying that there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. So if it’s cold, layer up. Feel snug. And warm.
Eat food – porridge; slow-cooked stews; warming soups. Even better if they are homemade, these comforting dishes are perfect hygge grub.
So while the word is difficult to describe in a nutshell, the concept is not. Make the most of the winter and all the comforts it can bring. And don’t forget you can make the most of hygge at home or in a warm, snug glamping Wigwam® too!