Ramblings

Hopping on the Slow-Moving Hygge Bandwagon

One of the runners up for the 2016 Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year was hygge (pronounced hue-guh). It’s a Danish word with no direct English translation, but it seems like “mindful, purposeful coziness” is the core concept.

For the Danes, it’s really a deep winter concept – enjoying simple, cozy places, slow-paced, joyous activities and pleasant conversations over coffee or tea – these are conscious antidotes to dark, seemingly-endless snowy winter days.

As we’re getting settled into our first UP winter, with a deep blanket of snow already in place and expected to cover the ground until mid-March, dark mornings and late afternoons and snow-packed roads, taking time to create and enjoy coziness seems like a sound strategy.

We’re so fortunate to live in a little cabin with simply amazing windows out into our snowy forest world. From every location in the house, there is a large window looking out into the woods, where deer, turkey and squirrels wander and frolic every day.

Inside, we can build a fire in the wood stove, enjoy a nice glass of wine, a warm cup of locally roasted Contrast Coffee (plug, plug), a side or two of legit retro vinyl and take our time enjoying the process of longform cooking.

We honestly can feel the time slowing down as winter deepens – in our house, out in the woods and in life in general up here. We’ll report back with the “true facts” come April, but right now, we think a cozy, hygge-tinged Winter sounds just delightful!

For more reading on hygge (one straight, one tongue-in-cheek), check out:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-year-of-hygge-the-danish-obsession-with-getting-cozy

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/style/lykke-is-the-new-hygge-scandinavian-lifestyle-books.html

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