Hygge: The appropriateness of the trend.

 

cozy

A couple of weeks outdated, but no less relevant today:   It’s snowing and cold and everyone is home.

Hygge.

Prononunced “hoog-uh,” kind of rhymes with sugar.

It is a Scandanavian word with no exact English translation, but communicates the concept of seeking joy in whatever situation you find yourself. It invokes concepts of coziness, stress-free atmospheres, companionship, warmth, belonging, simplicity, and contentment.

It’s caught my attention this holiday season.

Maybe because it’s been below zero in Maine for almost two weeks now.

Maybe because we are expecting a blizzard tomorrow.

Maybe because the only room in my home that has been above 60 degrees for two weeks is the living room.  his is where you will find anyone in my family who is home, which lends itself to lots of togetherness.

Maybe because of the tree and white lights that are in the living room for just a few more days.

Maybe because of the giant pot, a.k.a the ‘mother pot,’ of winter borscht we’ve been nursing through this cold spell.

When I think about my aspirations for the New Year, hygee sums it up: joy, coziness, stress-free atmospheres, companionship, warmth, belonging, simplicity, and contentment.

How about you?

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