January 3, 2017 (003/365)
Hygge (pronounced 'hue-gah') is a Danish word meaning "a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special... Hygge is about being present enough to recognize and acknowledge an act, moment or feeling when the ordinary feels extraordinary." ~ Alex Beauchamp, Hygge House blog.
There is no one English equivalent to the word hygge although it comprises the idea of cosiness, contentedness, and comfort in simplicity. Today, the holiday decorations are put away for another year and we return to work. Our home is clean and quiet and its Scandinavian minimalism make me calm and content.