I have decided to embrace winter. It’s all the thing these days. Very fashionable indeed. ‘Hygge’ is the word for it which apparently is pronounced something like the sound you make when you are clearing your throat. The word is Danish in origin and let’s just remember that the Danes burn more candles than any other nation on earth – so that gets them a lot of Hygge points straight away. To get into the hygge mentality we must think about things like warm woolly socks and lying in front of the fire roasting chestnuts. We must spurn things that are annoying or emotionally overwhelming and instead embrace the peace of the mid-winter.
Maybe think of that sound outside after snow has fallen – all sort of muffly. And make your brain go like that (and if there’s no snow try a large gin – it has the same effect.) Ah! now I’m getting there.
But then a jolt. A cold un-hyggey jolt. There’s all the Christmas preparations to get done in my new hyper-Hygge state before I can sail through to spring. Perhaps others of you share that Christmas ‘blip’ – most un-Hygge – far too much stress and rushing about. So let’s take the Christmas Hygge challenge. How can we manage it all in a stress free way? How about shopping locally for starters.
Let’s buy lots of our gifts on Santa Day. New this year is the craft stall in the Taybank carpark. All our wonderful local shops will be open as well as the charity stalls in the square. Let’s buy a glass of mulled wine or a warming cup of hot chocolate and wander round in a sort of tranced Hygge kind of way – peacefully gathering gifts. I’m sure it’s also very Hyggey (have I just invented a new word?) to give to charity. One really good way is to rake through the cupboard for good quality toys and get those donated to the Santa day charity toy stall. Alternatively, if you have grandchildren coming to stay over the hols why not get down to the toy stall on the 9th in the Duchess Anne and update your toy selection.
Regular readers of this column will know that my Christmas isn’t complete until I have watched Gregory Peck in the Guns of Navarone.
Considering I always do this in front of the fire with a glass of sloe gin I’m wondering if I can count viewing a war movie as Hyggey or not? I think …on balance …I can – for while Mr Peck might be emotionally overwhelming he’s certainly not annoying.
On behalf of John and myself may I wish all you wonderful readers a very Hyggey Christmas and a Happy and Successful 2018.
Thank you so much for all your support over the past year. I look forward to catching up in February when the snowdrops will be out and spring will be on the way. Skål!
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