If you haven’t heard of the term ‘Hygge’ that has been banded about everywhere recently, where have you been?!
To be fair, I have only heard of it thanks to some lovely bloggers I follow (Scandi Mum, I’m looking at you!) but I do love the sound of it and it’s sentiment.
So, what is, Hygge?
Good question. I’m not really sure of the definition, and it’s not something that can be easily defined anyway. It’s a kind of ’emotion’. A way of living. A mindset.
Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special. Hygge doesn’t require learning, adopting it as a lifestyle or buying anything. It simply requires being present and recognising a moment that feels so sweet, cosy, charming, special or nice that you just have to name the moment. You know, like when the kids sleep through, you’re given a bottle of Gin as a gift or your husband actually puts his sodding pants in the wash basket. Miracles do apparently happen.
Hygge is being aware of a special moment regardless of how simple it may be.
Get your Hygge on at home with the kids!
The lovely guys from Plusnet sent me and the boys a little Hygge box so we could experience some simple pleasure together this past half term. We had a busy half term (and ours was last week, not this week) but the middle one has been a bit under the weather for a couple of days so we used our box as an opportunity to cheer him up. From Hygge with love…
In our box we had:
Some popcorn kernels to make our own popcorn
A hot chocolate with marshmallows
A recipe card for Danish Butter Biscuits
A star garland decoration
Some den building suggestions
A poster to rate our favourite film (we chose Trolls, and all gave it 5 stars!)
We made our popcorn and added icing sugar to it whilst it was still warm to make it sweet. The kids loved this and listening to it ‘pop’ in the pan was so much fun! (Though I had a slightly nervous demeanour because I thought I had burnt it. Luckily I hadn’t!)
Zak decided he wanted to make some Oat and Raisin biscuits instead of the Danish Butter ones and we had a lovely time together whipping a batch of these up.
Zak and his little brother, Ben, made their den using the sofa cushions (for once I wasn’t shouting at them for turfing them all over the living room!) and they used a large blanket as the roof of their Den. They decorated the inside of it with fairy lights and the star garland and sat in there to eat their snacks they had made, drink their hot chocolate and watch Trolls. Sadly they didn’t stay in the den long because the songs in the movie make them want to prance all over the house (it is quite a sight!) and they don’t do sitting down very well. They did however keep rebuilding their den and Zak was very proud of his cosy creation. I would quite happily have spent an afternoon in there with a Gin and Tonic getting my Hygge on!
It’s really easy for you to have your own Hygge experience at home. Just head on over to Plusnet’s #HalfTermHygge for hints and tips and details on how you can enter a competition! All you have to do is share your moments of having a go at #HalfTermHygge.