The Danish word hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary everyday things simply extraordinary; whether it’s making coffee a verb by lingering over a cup to a cosy evening in with friends to lighting a candle with every meal.
Some refer to Hygge as the Art of Creating Intimacy (with yourself, friends and home). Words like cosiness, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, fellowship, simpleness and living well are often used to describe the idea of Hygge. – http://www.hyggehouse.com
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… I love Christmas! Every year I think of my Grandfather, Edward Møller, or ‘Happy’ as we called him, and how his memory strongly influences Christmas in my household.
We lived with my Grandparents when we were growing up. My Grandmother passed away when I was quite young, but my Grandfather was with us until I was 19. I am so grateful for the time I spent with this wonderful and interesting man. I really enjoyed having him close, and loved listening to his stories of his life experiences, and his memories of growing up in Denmark. Happy was born in Denmark and moved to Northern Ireland, via Glasgow, after school. Even after more than 70 years living away from his native land, he was a proud Dane through and through.
Every year on Christmas Eve Happy would cook us the traditional Danish Christmas dinner of roast goose with red cabbage, and caramelised potatoes! Of course there would also be Risalamande (rice pudding served with cherry sauce).
I can’t remember the last time we cooked a turkey! Duck or goose is most definitely the meal of choice for the Møller clan.
My Grandparents room was always decorated with cheeky little Christmas Elves (Julenisse) over the festive season. They were hung off picture frames, door frames, off lamps… As a small child I loved these playful little Danish pixies.
The Julenisse are the bearer of Christmas presents in Scandinavia and are described as a short man or woman wearing a red cap. Over the years I have picked up some truly beautiful little Christmas Pixies by Maileg, along with the Christmas goose and the snowman tree decorations. These little Pixies really do make me smile.
Growing up we always had a real Christmas tree, so of course now it has to be a real tree for me! I love the smell… it instantly transports me to my childhood; scrummaging through the presents under the tree, trying to figure out what was hidden under the wrapping paper.
I have kept my tree decor predominantly red, as a nod to my Danish heritage, and with my Maileg tree decorations I really do think of my tree as a tribute to Happy.
One of my favourite decorations is my Christmas themed Flensted Mobile.
Flensted Mobiles was founded in Denmark over 60 years ago now, and represents truly beautiful Danish design. I am hoping to add to my collection of Flensted Mobiles next year with the pieces below…
Christmas for me really sums up Hygge – family, dark nights, low lighting with candle light and fairy lights, cosy blankets, and the warming, comforting scent of the Christmas tree, and the smiles that the decorations bring. All these things encapsulate cosiness, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, fellowship, simpleness and living well.
I love my little nods to a Danish Christmas, a tribute to a special Grandfather.
Hope you all have a very Hygge Christmas!