It's been awhile since I last wrote, but now that summer is over and winter is creeping in, my @ home inspiration is back.
By now you have probably all heard of the trendy word ~ Hygge. Pronounced "hoo-ga", it is defined as a Scandinavian lifestyle that basically encompasses the feeling of cozy, contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple pleasures in life. I suppose Hygge could be practiced all year round, but I find it especially wonderful during winter, specifically the holidays. I mean candles, loungewear, comfort food...I'm in.
I had one of my "whims" and thought it would be fun to host a Hygge themed gathering. My girlfriends and I usually do a Christmas gift exchange, so we were all excited to try something a little different. The plan was to "gather" for a slow morning of simple pleasures. We would all bring four gifts to exchange, so we would all go home with four gifts. Gifts that would define Hygge for us. Something cozy, a mug, a book and a candle.
Here is how it played out...
The dress code ~ lounge wear and slippers. (we had all recently purchased SmashTess Rompers so we thought it would be fun to wear them. Check out the rompers, unpaid advertising, I just love mine. Definitely my most favourite clothing staple. SmashTess not required, but comfy clothes is mandatory)
The menu ~ coffee, peppermint schnapps & cinnamon buns. (holiday themed mugs of course)
The ambience...ahh the ambience, my favourite part. I basically cleared my living room floor and set up little cozy nooks for everyone to sit with a pile of pillows and a blanket. With the Christmas tree lit, lots of candles, Christmas music, and anything else holiday I could find, the scene was set.
The gifts ~ books, candles, essential oils, blankets, reading socks, mitts & the cutest of mugs. All things that would allow us to Hygge our way through the upcoming Christmas holiday.
For a few stay at home Moms, we were in heaven. We specifically planned this on a day during the last week before school was out, so we could really indulge in a slow peaceful morning. We laughed, we cried. Just kidding. We did laugh, I don't think there was any crying, but sometimes it happens.
It was nothing extravagant, just some sharing of humble pleasures and it filled us up.
The second annual Hygge gathering is in the works and we are all looking forward to it.
Moral of the story, cause I like to have a moral. The simple things truly are the best things, and it isn't as hard as you think to indulge in them. I think that is what attracted me to this Danish art. I hope you will try to "gather" together this holiday season and share some Hygge. The art of taking some time to just be present in life is something I know we could all use more of.
Let's make Hygge mandatory this winter.