The dictionary describes the word Hygge as: noun~ “Especially in the Danish lifestyle, the feeling of coziness and contentment evoked by simple comforts, as being wrapped in a blanket, having good conversations , enjoying food, beverage, etc”: adjective~ “Cozy and comforting.”
With colder weather comes the desire to “cozy up” the Danish word Hygge embodies that in every sense.
It’s the season to light your candle, brew your favorite cup of tea and cozy up with your favorite book and blanket.
In the Danish and Norwegian climate, the seasons are very long according to author Meik Wiking who authored the book ” The little book of Lyyke, Secrets of the world’s happiest people.” He remarks that “It’s easy to see why Denmark is often called the World’s happiest country. Not only do they have work & life in perfect balance , but they burn more candles per household than anywhere else.”
In South Central Pennsylvania our Fall & Winter seasons many times run long as well, perhaps it’s a good idea to adopt this Norwegian tradition of Hygge as we await the changing warmer season!
~Tanya S., Library Assistant
Paul Smith Library of Southern York County