Hygge is Danish for being cozy in the winter with family and friends.
Here's a list of ideas that in one way or another enhance hygge!
THE HUMBLE DISH TOWEL
I love Fog Linen and am gifting all of my loved ones their Japanese made dishtowels. It's a way to make the simple acting of cooking and cleaning a little sweeter!
THE FRESH CHRISTMAS TREE
In lieu of collecting ornaments each year and then storing them year round for one month of display, we like to make ornaments for the tree each season. It's an opportunity to be together around candle light and collectively share our time on one project. Last year, we made cut-out paper snowflakes; this year, we've adorned our tree with satsumas and fresh cranberry garlands.
THE ART OF SITTING
After reading "How to Sit," by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, I'm trying to sink into the art of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes me feel open hearted and alive. Bellocq's Kikuya, a hand crafted blend of organic japanese sencha and rose petals, is a quick transport to a zen garden.
This Christmas is a special one for me because it's my 8-month-old son's first Christmas. Finn will be getting a cashmere set from jcrew.com.
This holiday, I'm heading home to the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. As snow starts to fall and the crisp air sneaks in, I'll be warmed by my Vita coat in Quito. The plush pile of the fabric reminds me of a mountain goat high in the Himalayas ready for any weather front. I can throw this on over whatever baby carrier I'm wearing and keep Finn and me toasty.