The All-Year-Round Christmas Handbook by Tiffany Wood is a strange choice for a September book, perhaps… but Tiffany is a great believer, as I am, in planning and preparing ahead for Christmas, having it all wrapped up shopping and sourcing-wise by the end of November so that December itself is a month of enjoyment and that the organising of Christmas can be spread over the … Continue reading Book Friday: The All-Year-Round Christmas Handbook by Tiffany Wood
Monday is 23rd April, that’s St George’s Day. It’s also Shakespeare’s birthday and death day. None of which I usually celebrate in big style, except when the children were younger and I would read them a version of the St George legend. Why the Patron Saint of England is a knight from Turkey famous for slaying mythical creatures, I don’t know. I suspect it’s another … Continue reading What are you doing on Monday?
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 … Continue reading International Hygge Day 2018: Two days left!
February 28th is International Hygge Day. All over the world people will be doing hyggely things, sharing them on social media and hashtagging them #internationalhyggeday. It could be as small as stopping work mid morning for a cake and a coffee with colleagues, or wearing comfy clothes all day. It could be an evening out with friends or family, visiting your parents or grandparents, walking … Continue reading Get Ready for International Day of Hygge 2018
Yes, yes, I know, there are still 41 days left until Christmas, but there are actually only 17 left until Advent starts. And although in the Medieval Church world Advent was a serious time of preparation, fasting and sorrow, since Tudor times it’s really been a chance to get the party started. Even more so in the modern world, when any idea of Christmas lasting … Continue reading Preparing for…. A Self Care Advent
Halloween. Golly, if there was ever a lesson in how a thing can be taken, twisted, rejiggled and brought back to life as something completely different, Halloween is it. What was once a spiritual time of year (if you were a pagan or a Christian) went over to America, became secularised and made into a fancy dress parade with collecting sweets as the prize and … Continue reading A Hygge Halloween? Yes, why not?
One of the chapters in my new book is all about the celebrations of Winter, like Diwali, Hanukkah and the Winter Solstice. I love any celebrations, and the fact that we can pack so many in within a small space of 3 or 4 months is remarkable. I think it reflects the fact that the weather can be so dreary, that we don’t spend hours … Continue reading Recipe Tuesday: Lancashire Parkin
It’s a cold, wet, dark, dank, dismal Friday afternoon in July. I’m working the full day, I’ve written another 2,000 words for the How to Hygge Your Christmas book that I plan to publish in September and I need a break. What do I do?? Well, a sensible person would call through and ask if there’s any work to do for the Boss. But … Continue reading It’s never too early… **free** Hygge Christmas Manifesto infographic