I find it kind of amusing that all over Blogland these days folks are embracing the Danish art of Hygge.
Meanwhile, I've been doing exactly that my entire adult life.
Hygge, despite my blog title, does not rhyme with Jiggy - rather, it is pronounced hue-gah and does not have a specific English translation.
In my opinion, it simply means creating a cozy, warm, welcoming life and home.
I found the following definition online, and this sums it up perfectly for me.
"In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too."
You can accomplish the art of Hygge right where you live today. There's no need to wait for the 'perfect' home - you can create the perfect Hygge home right where you live at this very moment.
Embrace the winter months. Enjoy looking out at the cold and snow, while you know you are warm and cozy inside.
Make a pot of tea. Wrap your hands around the warm mug, breathe in the aroma of your favorite hot beverage.
Sink your hands into a sink of warm, fragrant bubbles. Enjoy the experience of washing up after a nurturing meal.
Light the candles - what are you saving them for? I light my candles every night. I enjoy the flickering candlelight and the fragrant aroma, and it's part of my coming home ritual every evening, to trim the wicks and light the candles.
Turn on those little lamps, turn off the fluorescents when you're not in task mode. Set the tone for a peaceful evening.
Sit in your comfortable chair, put your feet up. Relax. Enjoy the home you have worked so hard to create.
Look around at the home you have made. Really see it. Enjoy it.
Do the same in the mornings. Take a moment before the busy day begins to cherish the cozy home you have made.
Live in the moment. Enjoy the life and home you have now.
And don't forget to cherish those that you love.
That's the simplicity of Hygge.