You may have seen the word hygee pop up on social media or in the press over the past few months. For those of you who don’t know what it is hygee is a Danish word used when acknowledging a “feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special”.
Here at Mummies Club we are obsessed with hygee and have written a blog so you can become obsessed too.
The first thing to tackle is how to pronounce hygge. For us Brits hygge is something along the lines of “hoo-ga”. Next is what exactly is it? You might be mistaken by thinking it’s a marketing term used to sell cosy warm “stuff” and although cosy warm “stuff” is part of hygee it’s more the feeling than the material aspect.
Hygee has been a key part of Danish culture since the early 1800s. The word is derived from a Norwegian word for “well-being”. So what are we so obsessed with? We’ll its the idea that we can make the gloomy days of winter a little more bearable by adopting the values of hygge and enjoying cosy days and evenings with family and friends.
Here are some ideas to make winter a little more hygee this year…
Light Some Candles
Whether you are a Ikea tea light hoarder or like something a little more fragrant (or even fake ones with little ones around), candles are perfect for creating a cosy and friendly atmosphere.
Dress Down With Some Cosy Sweatpants
Also known as “hyggebukser”. In simple terms these are trousers you wouldn’t be seen out in but practically live in when you’re at home.
Get Out For A Walk
While you may think hygee is just about snuggling up inside its also about spending quality time with friends and family and that includes connecting with nature on long winter walks (followed by some serious hygee food and drink when you get back home of course).
Bring The Outside In
Following on from the idea of having a lovely winter walk hygee also encourages you to bring some of that calming nature inside. think logs ready to throw on a roaring fire, wreaths made from twigs and natural furnishings…
Cook Something Comforting
Food is part of hygge culture and at this time of year there are some fabulous recipes you can cook to share with friends and family. Think stews, chunky soups, warm sticky desserts and mugs of steaming hot drinks.