If you’ve been reading popsugar or any other lifestyle blogs you may have some familiarity with the term hygge, also known as koselig in Norwegian. It roughly translates to cozy in English and it alludes to a cozy feeling and minimalist lifestyle adopted by northern European cultures.
There have been many books published in an attempt to demystify the concept over the last few years, and I had the pleasure of experiencing this in my own way on my honeymoon in Amsterdam. The key concepts are comfortable living and familiarity. So, comfortable clothes, drinking tea around a fireplace, knitting or reading or binge watching a tv show with your best friend, definitely fall in the category of Hygge, but so does going for a hike with friends, exploring your city, and going to a nice dinner when both the food and the price are comfortable. Throughout our honeymoon, my husband and I took the time to experience each day at our own pace, and enjoyed evenings tucked in bed watching movies and drinking tea. We watched the sun set over Amsterdam, surrounded by candle light, and sipping sweet red vermouth. Even just walking through fields of tulips and exploring the cities at our leisure counted as the Hygge lifestyle.
Hygge is all about experiencing your best life, allowing yourself to have that second piece of cake or the big marshmallows in your cocoa. It’s about spending time with family and friends who make your heart feel 3 size bigger. Hygge isn’t just relegated to the cooler months; it is a lifestyle after all. Some ways people incorporate Hygge into their sunny day lives are picnics, bonfires, and outdoor movie nights. You don’t have to purchase anything extra to live the Hygge life, you probably already have everything you need: candles or soft light, soft, warm sweaters, warm beverages, quiet hobbies like books and knitting, friends to spend time with, and a city to explore. You may not have fireplace, but a space heater or even the fireplace screens for PlayStation or on YouTube with the heat turned up have satisfied me in the past. You can always find fuzzy blankets for cheap if you’re not feeling quiet cozy enough.
This time of year really does seem like the perfect time to embrace this lifestyle: gift experiences instead of things, and take plenty of time to decorate your Christmas tree or decorate for Hanukkah. These twinkling fairy lights and the social activities they encourage embody the soul of Hygge. Scarves, blanket shawls, bulky sweaters and furry boots translate the lifestyle into a fashion statement that you can wear while exploring your own winter wonderland and checking out the decorations of your neighborhood.
I’ve read articles questioning whether Hygge is the next Marie Condo movement or the opposite of it. While Hygge is definitely about quality over quantity it’s also more about experiences than things. You can practice Hygge without the blankets and hand knitted stockings. You can practice minimalism without purchasing anything (in fact that is ideal), but they do share a few key concepts. Primarily, they share the idea of doing and having what makes you truly happy, a concept we are familiar with here at Cherries, Chocolate and Dirt.
What other questions do you have about hygge? Have you tried other “lifestyle” trends similar to Hygge like Lagom? What did you think? What do you like about this over other ideas or vice versa. Would you like more posts about the hygge life? I love hearing from you, so please comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.