Bonfire Night: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 2)

Bonfire Night, often called Guy Fawkes Night in Britain, is celebrated on or near 5th November. It’s a festival of remembrance, a time to look back on a past that, fascinating as it is to study and imagine, would have been a mad, bad time to be alive. The whole religious conflict of the 16th and 17th Century takes far more explanation and back story … Continue reading Bonfire Night: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 2)

Samhain, Halloween: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 1).

Hallowe’en is coming.. and this year, like so much else, will be changed by a global pandemic that has meant many things we just took for granted just can’t happen, or can’t happen in the usual way. If Hallowe’en for you has been about dressing up and traipsing around local houses collecting sweets, or going to local Haunted Houses and walking through cobwebs in hopes … Continue reading Samhain, Halloween: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 1).

Book Friday: The All-Year-Round Christmas Handbook by Tiffany Wood

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

What are you doing on Monday?

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?

International Hygge Day 2018: Two days left!

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!

Get Ready for International Day of Hygge 2018

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

Preparing for…. A Self Care Advent

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

A Hygge Halloween? Yes, why not?

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?