As the season begins to change, and the light appears more golden, as do the leaves, I find myself responding as well. A natural response to the cool nights, I suppose. Autumn welcomes in the New Year in many cultures so perhaps that would explain the nesting instinct. My ancestors of old would be busily putting up food (as I am) and preparing the garden beds to sleep for winter. Firewood will be cut and stacked soon and soups are on the menu for the first cool day.
Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is the Nordic principal of all things cozy and good. Of cable knit sweaters and wool socks. Of blazing fires and drinks with friends. Of self care with baths and saunas and good creams. Of gifts and community and laughter and warmth.
Perhaps it is because of my Scandinavian ancestry or perhaps it is from living in a four-season climate, that I so love the hygge concepts. It is one thing to prepare for winter and be ready to survive, it is quite another to prepare for winter beautifully. It draws in the sensations of warmth and soft textures, and good books by the fire, and romantic evenings in, and game nights with friends, and rose scented baths, and hot chocolate in the snow.
But outside of the seasonal aspects, the Hygge lifestyle is for all year. Its focus is on friends and family and self love, and good food and good drinks, and noticing the beauty in every moment, in every season, in every facet of life. Of embracing bliss and goodness and waking up to these lovely days we have.
The book, The Hygge Life; Embracing the Nordic Art of Coziness Through Recipes, Decorating, Entertaining, Simple Rituals, and Family Traditions is a lovely book to curl up with and incorporate into your home and lifestyle.
Wishing you heart warming and simple joys!