Hygge* is how the Danish make winter.
It refers to a state of mind.
It's about lighting candles, being cosy, creating comfort, enjoying good company, sharing home cooked food.
It makes the long, dark winters something to relish. I've been enjoying hygge without knowing it for years.
I dug out my little tealight holders, put new candles in them and lit them.
I put some sandalwood oil in my oil burner and lit that too.
I cooked some warming, comforting food.
There was stew for supper. Lamb, quince and chickpea.
And a steamed syrup and ginger sponge pudding for afters.
Tom adores stodgy puddings.
'You should make this for Christmas' he said.
'Because I don't like Christmas pudding and this is wintry, and Christmassy, and delisherous'
Have a bit of hygge this winter.
*It's pronounced heu-guh - in Danish y is pronounced completely differently from how we pronounce it, it's a bit like oo.