This Wednesday is International Hygge Day.
All over the world, hygge lovers will be doing small actions to make their world a happier, more hyggely place and sharing it with the hashtag #internationalhyggeday on social media.
I’m almost sorted for my hyggely day.
I’m in work from 8.30 am, so I’ll take my overnight oats with apple to eat at my desk. It’s really good for energy, and sees me through to lunchtime. I’ll have a candle lit on the desk, and be making myself cups of sticky chai tea to enjoy throughout the morning.
Lunchtime will be homemade butternut squash soup, thick and warming, and easy to transport to work in the Sistema microwaveable container. I’ve had mine for about three years now and it’s still going strong. With rye bread from the Polish deli opposite the office, it’s a warming and filling lunch on what threatens to be a snowy day.
Once home, it will be off with the work clothes and on with comfy-cosy hyggekeks (that’s scouse for lounging trousers). I’m a sucker for a good fluffy sock as well, so I’ll have these on quicker than you can say Jack Robinson.
I’m making all my recipes this week using Jamie Oliver’s new cookbook, 5 Ingredients: Quick and Easy Food. Wednesday’s recipe is roasted pork belly with italian baked rice. Yum. We’ll sit around the table as a family, eating and talking through the day, and then probably sit a little longer. We like card games, so either we’ll play Cards Against Humanity (Very rude, but so funny) or we have a new card game, Odin’s Ravens. That might be the best one to play, actually, because after tea we have a real treat for us all… a new Dvd!
Thor Ragnarok only got released today, and should be on the mat at home waiting for me tonight. We’ll get some crisps, some sweets, some hot chocolate or cold prosecco and settle down altogether to watch it. With three young adults from 16 to 20 in the house, we love finding a movie we will all enjoy. We’ll sit together, laugh (and cry), shout at the TV, discuss how (or why) the moviemakers did something in the movie and finally…. finally…. creep off to bed for a decent night’s sleep.
#internationalhyggeday to share, just do it and get involved. What are you thinking of doing?
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Remember that hygge isn’t just for the dark days, it’s a year round feeling. I sometimes think we need the opposite of hibernation, the self-care equivalent for summer. I write about summer hygge in How to Hygge Your Summer, in Paperback and Kindle form, from Amazon. Although it’s often seen as all throws and cosy coffee by the fire, hygge isn’t that: it’s far more encompassing.
My other books have more ideas that are good for hygge, and are all available from Amazon. 50 Ways to Hygge the British Way is available in Paperback and Kindle version . Have Yourself a Happy Hygge Christmas was released in September 2017 and is available again in paperback and ebook version.
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