As the weather turns, thoughts of open fires, snug interiors and nights in with friends and family are at the forefront of our minds. The Autumnal chill welcomes warming soups, hot drinks and cosy knits. All of these pursuits have been encapsulated perfectly by the Danes in a concept called “Hygge”. Hygge hype is this Autumn’s focus and it couldn’t be more appealing! Pinterest is awash with ideas of how we can rival Denmark in getting our homes and social lives Winter ready and DWS have put together a board that you can access straight from our Home Page on our Pinterest site.
The definition of Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is summed up nicely by the ‘Visit Denmark’ website http://www.visitdenmark.co.uk/en-gb/denmark/culture/art-danish-hygge…”In essence, hygge means creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people around you. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too. And let’s not forget the eating and drinking – preferably sitting around the table for hours on end discussing the big and small things in life.
Although Hygge happens all year round in Denmark, it’s particularly suited to Winter, with the country having long, dark winters…not unlike Scotland, which makes the art of hygge something we here could fully embrace and make the most of in the run up and throughout the Winter months to come. The word hygge originated in the Norwegian language meaning ‘well-being’ and who doesn’t want that to be part of their life?