Can you picture it?
Pulling out your favorite soup recipes and a pile of cozy sweaters.
Lighting candles around the house and inviting friends over for sledding and board games.
Snowshoeing through a forest muffled with snow, towards a bright cabin full of your favorite people
When we put it like that, six months of dark and cold seems almost …. pleasant.
If you’ve never heard of hygge before, it’s the Danish concept of warm coziness during the winter months. It’s “creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people” (according to Denmark’s official tourism website.) Those Danes actually enjoy winter! They embrace it and look forward to it! Whaaaaatttt?!!
And as a third-generation Minnesotan of Scandinavian descent, I know a thing (or 29) about winter. I know how to cozy down and warm up.
So if you, too, are looking for a more social, more enjoyable winter – this post is for you. Bookmark it for the coming months when the excitement of the holidays has worn off and now it’s just cold and dark and dreary. Pour yourself something warm, settle in, and have a read.