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
This is a photograph of a modern family at play. Can you see? There are three children, all with something in front of them, heads down, occupied with their own worlds. Get me. I’m the one taking the photo, so my phone isn’t far from my hand, is it? And I think after this picture was taken, I posted to Facebook so I’m really not … Continue reading Hygge is not…. 24/7
Continuing the tour!! Hygge is synonymous with a warm drink. If you look at so many of the Kindle books about hygge that came out, so many of them feature a pair of hands clasped around a warm drink of tea, coffee or (the hygge favourite) cocoa. Indeed, when Meik Wiking’s favourite description of hygge is as “cocoa by candlelight” then you know a hot … Continue reading Hygge is… warm drinks
The Book Tour continues…. Taking care of ourselves and those we love is a part of hygge. We only have one life, one body and to be free to enjoy time with those we love for as long as we are able to, it behoves us to take care of that body. Hygge has a very balanced way of looking at life. Not too much … Continue reading Book Tour Day 3: Hygge is…. Taking care of our own body
Having a treat is an important part of hygge. Real life is hard, work does have to be done and if you don’t do it, then who will? But tied up with the hard work has to be the reward. And, yes, I know that reward is intrinsic, pleasure in a job well done and that you can get by without a treat… but … Continue reading Hygge is…. having a treat occasionally