You may have heard the catchy buzzword all over Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram lately – “hygge”, which, if you Google “definition of hygge,” you’ll see:
In Danish, hygge (pronounced “HUE-gah”) is one such word. Though there are many ways to describe hygge, we see it simply as the Danish ritual of enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Friends. Family. Graciousness.
Hygge can be found in all types of weather, not just in the cold of winter.
Photo courtesy of Pinterest.
Many pictorial representations of hygge show people cozied up in front of a fire, relaxing in woolen socks with a cup of hot chocolate in one hand and a good book in the other. All good things – in the winter when a fire is nice to have. But in southeast Texas, we often don’t have nights that cold, or days that pleasant. But Texans do enjoy life’s simple pleasures, spending time with family and friends and appreciating the graciousness of humankind.
So how did I discover hygge? It was while planning a trip to Norway at Christmas last year. My daughter had been studying over there and was finishing up her semester and my husband and I decided it was a great opportunity to go visit, because when else in life would we have an excuse to go to Norway? So in my travel prep, I came across books, articles and Pinterest boards dedicated to something called “hygge”. As I learned more of the philosophy behind the concept, I was intrigued. And hooked soon after. I love so many facets of hygge: crafting, reading, photography, gardening and writing, to name a few. I am learning to integrate hygge into my very modern and contemporary home and into my daily life.
Lucky for me, and for this blog, Texas is full of natural beauty and simple pleasures. Sometimes, though, you have to look hard to find it. But as with most treasures, it’s worth the effort. I hope you enjoy reading my stories as much as I enjoy writing them.