According to the website, Visit Denmark, Hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Cosying up with a loved one for a movie – that’s hygge, too. And there’s nothing more hygge than sitting around with friends and family, discussing the big and small things in life. I’m thinking that is why the Danes are the happiest people in the world!
Fun Fact: I don’t know much about my birth father, he was never a part of my life. My mom did, however, get some family history from him. Using the little bit of information I had I was able to, a few years ago, find out that some of my ancestors came from Denmark. Ancestry.com really is the bomb when it comes to finding family history. It meant a lot to me to find out my roots. I had felt like a part of me was missing my whole life and being able to find out about my ancestors, and actually see pictures of some of them, was just what I needed to complete the puzzle of me. The funnest thing about finding out that I come from Danish stock is that I really have a lot of character traits found in the Danes! When I read about Hygge it blew my mind because IT IS SO ME. Having a warm and comfortable home has always been really high on my list of priorities. We are such homebodies around here it annoys people sometimes. I really bond with people who are authentic and kind and can carry on conversations that are more than surface. When I love someone, I really LOVE them. Deep and with all my heart. Good food cooked from scratch is essential in my book and gathering around a dinner table with people means so much more than eating to me. Finding out that I fit, in that part of my genetic makeup, was a beautiful thing. Look at these two lovely women, they both have incredible stories of strength and courage to boot. SO COOL.
In honor of my heritage I am going to start Hygge Weekends. Every Friday I will post something having to do with Hygge. I am also starting a new hashtag on my Instagram, #fywhhyggeweekends. I think it would be SO GREAT to have you join me every Friday!! Let’s share with each other all the ways we create hygge for our family & friends and for US!
“It is about enjoying life with friends and family, cherishing the moments. It is about grabbing hold of these moments and making them special. Not rushing through an activity so to move on to the next, it is about taking your time and enjoying what is before you now and not what is to come.”
One really simple idea is to put together a yummy charcuterie tray…or you can just put down a big piece of craft paper and lay everything out on it. We did that at a girl’s getaway a few months ago and it was a hit. The paper was great because we just spread it out on the island and you can write on it what kind of cheese and meat there is. Invite some friends or family over and enjoy it outside if you can! It’s a beautiful time of year. Keep it simple so you can be a part of the gathering and there isn’t a lot of fuss. I have put together a really fabulous Pinterest board that you can get ideas from. Tip: Costco has really good meats for not a lot of money; those Whisps are delish and also available at Costco. I also like to buy the brie at Costco if I am having a large group over.
I hope you have a weekend filled with love, laughter, and mindfulness!