Late last year, I learned a new word — “hygge.” The Oxford English Dictionary defines hygge (pronounced hoo-guh) as “[a] quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” It’s an old Danish concept that’s said to have gotten Danes through long, cold winters for centuries.
As a lifestyle trend, hygge really took off last year here in the states. The more I read and hear about it, the more I like it and its various definitions. Hygge House describes it as “a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special.” I’m liking that definition in particular.
Oh, and while the idea of hygge can apply to the way we live year-round, winter is the most hygge time of year, according to this article in the New Yorker: “It is candles, nubby woolens, shearling slippers, woven textiles, pastries, blond wood, sheepskin rugs, lattes with milk-foam hearts, and a warm fireplace.”
Let’s have some fun with this, shall we? Can I be your hygge photographer?
Let’s make and capture some hygge memories this winter. Brisk walks in the cold that get the cheeks all rosy and make that hot chocolate taste even better. Board games on the floor and marshmallows by the fire. Cozy sweaters, fuzzy socks and warm cuddles. You get the idea, right?
Move over Marie Kondo and farewell feng shui. We’re getting hygge this month. (Schedule a family lifestyle session for between now and March 11 and get a $300 credit toward your order! (For new bookings only). Let’s talk.
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