Monday, September 17, 2018

I Don't Believe in Hygge

Last winter I became aware of the concept of "hygge" -- the Danish lifestyle that has no definition but that means cozy, contentment, welcoming.

I did some reading about it and the articles I read did create a picture of some ethereal softness and fuzziness and homey-ness.  I don't think that is a real word.

Well, this is Texas and as summer came on the idea of wool socks, hot chocolate and a roaring fire went right out the window.  Now we are on the cusp of the seasons changing so I decided to do some reading -- again.  This time I was looking for pictures.

Not much out there so I decided to look at some real Danish houses.  I went to some real estate websites and looked for houses for sale in Copenhagen.  And you know what --

I only saw two candles.

Two.

Candles. 

I also learned that most countries have something like hygge.  They all have their unique ways of being cozy an welcoming.  Heck, there is even "Texas Hygge" but it is more about getting through the hellish summers and less about being cozy and cuddly in the winter.

So, after exploring some Danish houses I will say -- yes, everything is white.  Danish modern furniture is a real thing.  Everything is very minimal and uncluttered and - well -- Ikea. 

Was it cozy?  Not to me.  Was it warm.  No, but it was bright which I understand is essential during the Danish winters.  Were there lots of little twinkly candles everywhere?  No.  And no furry pillows but I did see one furry throw.

So, I am not sure that I believe in hygge -- I don't think it is any different than what any of the rest of us do during oppressive weather -- it is just a way to make the unpleasant pleasant.

I am going to try burning more candles though.  LED candles -- for safety -- but I am going to see how "cozy" I can get.

Yes, I know -- the houses were staged for sale so the realtor probably told the owners to get those candles all packed up so it wouldn't look cluttered.

I watch HGTV!