For our ancestors, winter was usually thought of as an enjoyable time of year even though the weather was cold. Winter time was often a time of less work and more leisure time, and this slower pace meant that winter was a peaceful time for relaxation and rest. This old-fashioned view of the cold weather months, and of life in general, is something that the Danish people embrace with their concept of hygge.
Hygge is pronounced something like “hue-gah” (although for months I had read it like “higgy” so that’s still how it sounds in my mind!), and there’s no direct equivalent for this word in English.Continue Reading