Hygge in American with a Russian accent

It seems winter has come. It’s not about the calendar, but about the temperature. Now I leave the house earlier to warm up the car and keep a shovel in the car in case of an unexpected snowfall.

I want to watch “Home Alone” and “Die Hard”. But I dress up as cabbage and go to work.

It’s good that the Scandinavians came up with Hygge.

Lately we can hear this  word quite often. 

And just recently, someone donated the book The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking to our library. 

The author says that learning to pronounce Hygge is easier than explaining what it is*. 

I haven’t finished the book yet, but I’ve already learned a few interesting things. 

For example, Denmark and Norway were once (before 1814) one kingdom. I probably didn’t study history well at school, or maybe I didn’t see anything useful in memorizing this information and quickly forgot. And yet, the author claims that the expression “there is no bad weather, only bad  clothing” is Danish. Whereas I translated it to Dan as Russian. Most likely, in every country with a specific climate there is an expression that sounds about the same in English.

The book has a chapter with the Hygge manifesto, which I translated as principles, and the Hygge emergency kit, and summer Hygge and so on…

I won’t rewrite the book (just a little bit). If you’re interested, you can check it out from the library or simply Google. 

Here I write about myself and my Hygges:

-Candles. I just love any candles: red, green, white, gel and wax and even plastic. As it turned out, Daniel also loves candles during the Christmas holiday season.

-Hot drink. In my case, it’s Tea. Preferably with a cake. And with a book.

-Book. This may sound ridiculous, but I have my favorite seasonal books. At Christmas, I like to read the detective story “The Trap on the Stage” (author G. Scherfling)**. 

-Cake. It’s complicated here, because I’m already used to American butter, but I can’t get used to American pastries and cakes. So in winter I bake myself, sometimes it turns out good. By the way, according to the laws of Hygge, food should not be difficult to prepare, but taste is very important. I understand that baking a cake is much more difficult than frying potatoes. But if baking gives you a feeling of comfort, then this is your Hygge and you should bake.

-Fireplace. I love our fireplace. Even though it has a built-in electric motor that blows warm air into the room. Anyway, the fire is going, the wood is cracking, and even sparks fly out sometimes.

-Favorite chair. According to Hygge, this is Hyggekrog (a nook). Hyggekrog – “this is the place in the room where you like to get cozy, wrapped in a blanket, with a book and a cup of tea.” I have this chair in the living room. Daniel tells that he is drowning in it. But I knit in it, read, watch Youtube videos on my tablet, learn a new pattern, etc.

-Favorite movies. During the Christmas holidays, I like to watch “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2”. And also “Die Hard, 1 and 2″.

-Favorite people. Beloved people are the most important thing, in my opinion. Family, friends, colleagues – it doesn’t matter. It is very important that there are those with whom you are comfortable, who can be called your flock.

The book has a lot more about other Hygges (sweaters, blankets, holidays, hobbies, outdoor movies…)

The last chapter of the book is called “Hygge as  everyday happiness”. The author writes that each day he tries to answer the question: why are some people happier than others?  

I am not a psychologist and I will not delve into this issue. I haven’t been in a very good mood myself lately.

But… if you share your Hygge, I will appreciate it. In case, if I do have the same, but don’t know that it is Hygge. Lol 

*Hygge is a word in Danish and Norwegian that describes a mood of coziness and “comfortable conviviality” with feelings of wellness and contentment. As a cultural category with its sets of associated practices hygge has more or less the same meaning in both places and in both languages, however, the emphasis on hygge as a core part of Danish culture is a recent phenomenon, dating to the late 20th century.

**One of several that I brought from Russia.

I wish you all Merry and Hygge Holidays! 


Author: Elena

Hi, My name is Elena. I am Russian living in the US. My blog is about my life and experience. This is my new hobby. So, please, don't be too hard on me. Thanks

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