In desperate need of a screwdriver to put batteries in to my bubble machine (very important scavenger prop?!) I headed into a cobblers to borrow a screwdriver, meeting a fellow Northern Brit behind the counter I started asking for advice on some of the challenges I was yet to complete. The biggest one…
So WHAT is this Danish Hygge?
‘You need to ask a Dane for that one, head across to the British shop (ironic) and talk to my Danish friend, she will be able to help you out’.
So off I trotted to chat to Abigail for some advice on Danish Hygge. After about 5 minutes of repeating the word we finally realised I was pronouncing it ALL wrong. It is pronounced ‘Hoo – G’ NOT ‘Hi – Gee’ as I was pronouncing it… oops.
Here was what she said (paraphrased)
‘Hygge is so hard to explain, it is that warm feeling, that sense of real cosiness, sat next to a fire at Christmas with your family, drinking a mug of hot chocolate’.
Hygge sounds fun to me, but how am I supposed to show sitting by a fire at Christmas when it is over 20 degrees outside and I’m wearing flipflops? But I have tried and after chatting to a few people, here are some photos I think sum up that Danish feeling of Hygge.
‘Relaxing on a Saturday with your wife, not a care in the world’
I saw this man from afar and was instantly drawn to his happy smiling face. A massive wash of hygge spreading across his face. #HappyDanes
Saturday afternoon in the park, sunshine, friends, laughs. These girls said ‘this’ was definitely Hygge.
A cosy snuggle with his daughter in the park. Bless.
So Danes… do these pictures some up hygge? or am I way off?
One thing is certain I love the idea of this word we don’t have in English and will be bringing it back to the UK (if I can get the pronunciation right)… I almost can’t wait for Christmas again?!
Here is how I think I experienced hygge this weekend…
Live music, smiling faces, brilliant blogger friends, pure happiness.
Happy hygge all x
I was experiencing Hygge thanks to Go Visit Denmark for organising an incredible weekend away with three other top bloggers.