By Magi Clark, Entiat Public Library
When temperatures dip, days are short, and the Holidays are behind us it’s easy to look upon winter as something to just grit our teeth and get through, even here in NCW where we are typically blessed with moderate winters. Have you ever wondered how people in Nordic countries keep spirits up during their extra-long, dark winters?
Many practice something called hygge.
Hygge (pronounced hue-gah, used as a verb, noun, and even adjective) is a Danish word, and doesn’t have a direct English translation. We can describe it as creating a pleasant and comfortable atmosphere, inviting closeness, and paying attention to what brings us contentment.
While we often think of things like hot cocoa, a crackling fire, and warm socks in association with hygge, it’s more about the feeling these things bring than the items themselves. I need a fire and a good book to hygge. You may need your skis and a good friend.
There is no right or wrong way to hygge. The key is to embrace what brings you contentment. Visit your local library to find more inspiration for living the hygge life.
Here are a few book suggestions to help you get started. Click the image to reserve a copy — and come hygge with us!