Hygge is pronounced hoo-gah. Not to be confused with those smoking lounges that seem to be a throwback to the 60’s, this Danish word means “coziness.” Hygge is apparently a “movement.” That just makes me want to declare that I have been all about coziness for the last six years. Ahead of the curve, and I didn’t even know it!
Recently, I read an article in a winter issue of a leading monthly magazine mentioning this word, hygge. I don’t remember which magazine. I was in Wisconsin, and I read whatever I can pick up at the folks’ or my sisters’ homes. There is Norwegian heritage there, and when I see something about Scandinavia, my curiosity is peaked. Anyway, the article included a spread about all things cozy.
Fast forward a couple of weeks, and low and behold, in the Sunday Parade insert, was blurb about hygge, and an explanation that this word implies the idea of “embracing happiness and the positive in everyday life.” There was a picture of a couple in front of a glowing stove wrapped in thick sweaters and socks. Well, that is just me all over, except for the couple part.
My winter home wardrobe is thick sweaters and socks, afghans, and sometimes a blanket/shawl around my shoulders…sort of a crone-type outfit. I have my red Plow and Hearth stove glowing like crazy, fairy lights, and candles burning from dusk to bedtime. It seems I am the height of fashion and immersed in a current trend!
I have often been told by visitors at my tiny house that it is very “cozy.” This adjective has been used frequently, and I’m glad. Cozy is comforting, warm, and friendly. Living in a hygge haven is a joy. I’m all about happiness and positivity every day, so, hey, I’ll own it.