All is Calm, All is Bright: The 24 words of Christmas.

I love the Hygge Nook. If you’re into positive, calm, welcoming, friendly places on the internet, you could do worse than join it, even if you have to join Facebook for the purpose. It is one of the kindest, most inspiring places I know, so much so that I have the link straight to it on my home page. I no longer need to see anything negative, just the uplifting kindness that is thousands of people all coming together to share their hygge.

I am, like many this year, seeking a calm and bright Christmas. Whatever your politics, you have to agree that the outside world is a less-than friendly place, that we seem more divided than ever before and that the least-used words in most areas of public life at the moment are ‘consensus’ and ‘agreement’. It’s tiring, and I’m ready to carve space for me. Nobody can be completely on guard or fighting a position 24 hours a day, everybody needs a break. I’m hoping writing, and reading, these blogposts will be that break. A few minutes when all is calm and all is bright before pulling up my big girl socks and getting on with real life, whether that is good or bad.

So this year, inspired by an Italian Hygge Nook member, I have drawn up a list of 24 words to meditate on each day. They’ll be short posts, no more than a few lines, usually with a quote or picture to focus my brain on. 24 small words to bring me back to the heart of Christmas. Will you join me? Tell me your words for Christmas, I’d love to know.


All is Calm All is Bright 24 words of Christmas

Please feel free to join in, either in the comments sections of each post or by hashtagging posts on Instagram or Twitter with #24wordsofchristmas and # your word that day. I love seeing different people take an idea and run with it, so if my list of words doesn’t apply to your Christmas, take them, change them and use the ones that do. Hygge is a very individual feeling, and no more so than at Christmas when personal memories, likes and dislikes and attitudes come to the fore.

I have a massive favour to ask….

I don’t monetise my blog. I don’t run adverts, take sponsorship for writing posts or use affiliate links. I want everything I do on this blog and in my hygge life outside to be truthful. If I promote a book it’s because I’ve read it and like it, if I  point out an item it’s because it’s impressed me on its own merits and not because the publicist has talked me into it. It does mean I don’t run giveaways and I’m not chasing followers, but the drawback is that I need to find a way to support myself.

That’s why I write books. My thoughts are that if I ask you to buy a book not only does it support me, and let me keep writing as an independent writer, but you get something back for your bucks. I’ve written several books, some on hygge, some on Christmas. If you like what you read here, or in the Hygge Nook, and you’d like to support a struggling writer, would you please consider buying a book? Ebooks give you the best value, since for 2 or 3 pounds you get the content of the book, but I’d be a pretty poor writer if I didn’t appreciate the beauty of a real book in the hand. If you buy just one book, it all adds up in the end to support me, and I’d be so grateful.

I have three Christmas books,

Have Yourself a Happy Hygge Christmas was released in September 2017 and is available again in paperback and ebook version. It looks at keeping the Christmas season warm and cosy, with ideas for activities and routines to keep Christmas happy.

A (Hygge) Christmas Carol is my look at Dickens’ immortal classic and the many lessons we still learn from it today. It contains the full text of the book as well as hyggely thoughts on the story.

Enjoying a Self Care Christmas is only available in ebook version. It’s about keeping Christmas simple enough and healthy enough to keep you sane in the process.

My other books are hygge related,

50 Ways to Hygge the British Way  was my first book, and is available in Paperback and Kindle version. It’s a simple look at ways to feel more hyggely in life and at home even though we’re not Danish and don’t have it in our DNA.

How to Hygge Your Summer, in Paperback and Kindle form, has lots of good ideas for the summer months. I strongly believe that hygge is so much more than throws and warm drinks.

Happier is my fourth book. It’s about how I boost my own happiness levels. It’s full of hints, tips and ideas for you to use and adapt to suit your own situation. It is available in ebook and paperback version from and

If you buy any of the books through the links on this page, I get a couple of extra pence per copy, in Amazon vouchers which go towards buying more books to review for the blog. I’d really love it if you’d support me monetarily, but I quite understand that cash is tight for many people, and I just love having your support via reading and commenting as well.

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