I was very close to the end of the book, but in my travels over these last few weeks, I have lost it! It's not like I will not find out how the story ends, but I know that there will be some missing pieces about life in Denmark. At some point I will check the book out from the library, but while I am still in the snowy north, I want to share with you the part of the book that drew me to it in the first place - Hygge.
Hygge - (pronounced "heurgha") is:
1. The Danish concept of creating warmth, connection, and well-being.
2. Presence. committing spirit, pleasure, and warmth to ordinary rituals and gestures that comfort and make us feel rooted and generous.
3. The appreciative method of giving and receiving that occurs while around the table for a shared meal, sheltered from the rain at the bus stop, or alone in bed with a hot water bottle and a good book.
These are just a few of the loose definitions of hygge; a means of finding comfortable warmth in the long, dark, frigid winter days and nights in Denmark. It is an active pursuit, and one that I think that I have been practicing all along!
I have always loved to sit by the fire while a storm ragged outside. With knitting in hand, music or an audio book playing in the background, and a glass of wine nearby - this is heaven on earth to me. Yes - the beach is calling, but I am going to enjoy my last few days of the chilly north, and get my hygge on!
For further reading on the subject - try the links below. They will have you feeling cozy all over!