Happy 2017! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Christmas break. We are technically still on holidays as the kids are home from school for one more week, but both the Hubby and I are ever-so-slowly getting back into our work this week. For the last few years I've chosen a word that I want to focus on for the year. My long list of resolutions has slowly morphed into a single word, and I'm loving it. I do like goals, but I find that it's more meaningful and simpler to find one word that I can aspire to.
This year, my word for 2017 is a fascinating one. It's not even in English; it's Danish! The word is HYGGE.
Hygge cannot be translated to English very well, but the Oxford dictionary describes Hygge as "a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)"
I've purchased a couple of e-books about Hygge over my break, and I'm absolutely obsessed with the concept! It's about embracing the simple things in life and finding joy & peace in them. It's also about making the people in your life feel joy and peace when they enter your home. Here are the books I'm reading - you might want to read them too!
Hygge embodies exactly how I've always wanted our home to feel - like a giant, cozy hug.
After studying Hygge (which is pronounced "hoo-ga", by the way), to me it's also going to be trading perfection for hospitality. My home doesn't have to be spotless or perfectly staged for guests. I don't want to let the thought that my home has to be incredibly clean prevent me from hosting gatherings with my neighbors and friends.
Hygge for me this year will also be giving. Even if it's "small" things like fresh baking or a freezer meal, I want to give more things with love to my friends in need. Just simple, little things that let people know that they're loved.
Hygge in the home decor sense for me this year will mean continuing to do what I've always loved - making our home feel cozy and warm. Hygge is warm blankets, sheepskins, candles, pillows, cozy reading corners, a fire in the fireplace... all of the things that we love already in our house (and they're all especially nice during these cold winter months)!
Hygge will also mean more home cooking and baking. I find joy in baking for my family, and I'll be sharing even more recipes this year - even the simple ones.
Want to join me in embracing Hygge this year? I encourage you to read a book about it, and I'll leave you with these quotes that I think are very "hyggelig":
On joy in the ordinary moments:
Joy is not a constant. It comes to us in moments - often ordinary moments. Sometimes we miss out on the bursts of joy because we're too busy chasing down the extraordinary moments. Other times we're so afraid of the dark we don't dare let ourselves enjoy the light. A joyful life is not a floodlight of joy. That would eventually become unbearable. I believe a joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together by trust, gratitude and inspiration.
I love the idea of Hygge. It reminds us we need less to be happy, we just need to be.
Also, your posting of the Little Women book with the Rifle cover is reminding me that I've been meaning to get that collection for my daughter and nieces for their birthdays!
Lindsay - The DIY Mommy
Thank you for the such kind words! Christina really enjoys The Little Women Book, it's such a great collection. I am sure the girls in your life will love it as well.
Hygge sounds very much like Gezellig, which is Dutch! It implies all of those same things, and also has no single English equivalent. Good word!
Wonderful concept! We all need to try to remember it on a daily basis, which is not easy in this busy ol' world!
What a wonderful concept to embrace!
Lindsay - The DIY Mommy
Thank you, Meri
Thank you for this information, I had a grandmother who came from Denmark at age 14, I love the idea of incorporating the idea of Hygge into my home and remembering my grandma, Marne Christine (Hanson) Nelson, with her beautiful Danish accent. Also, thank you for the downloadable print, it is lovely!