Danes apply for UNESCO status for hygge

Did you know that our Danish friends have applied for UNESCO status for hygge as ‘intangible cultural heritage’? I must admit, I was pretty surprised about this when the press release dropped into my inbox. I always thought UNESCO was for physical sites of cultural heritage – I had no idea that an intangible concept…

All the small things

I’ve accidentally on purpose been away for a little while. Accidentally because I didn’t intend for it to happen, and on purpose because I just haven’t been in the right head space to write. Real life has been going on, and while there hasn’t been a whole lot of hygge recently, I’ve still been basically…

Not quite winter, not quite spring

February is a funny old month isn’t it? We’re ricocheting wildly between screaming winds and sheets of rain and clear blue skies and gentle breezes. Until now, I’ve always considered February a bit of a depressing month, but I’m actually quite enjoying this one. What’s changed? Nothing major, really. I haven’t been in education for…

Share the hygge with a compliment

January is finally behind us! I don’t think anyone is too sad to see the back of it, right? Now the bleakest month is over, I’m thinking about New Year’s resolutions. I haven’t typically been very successful with my resolutions – to be honest, I rarely make it past the first week of January before…

The hygge of travel

Yes yes yes, we all know about hygge at home don’t we? But in my neck of the woods, it’s cold, it’s grey and I’m spending every waking second trying to strategically plan my annual leave, lusting over travel blogs and ending up 35 tabs deep in flight websites. I spotted today that a third…

Hygge is other people

Happy holidays! I was going to have a little break from blogging between Christmas and New Year, but I’ve had this post keeping me awake for a couple of nights now, so I thought I should probably get it written in this quiet lull. I love Christmas – not just the day, but the whole…

Hygge gift guide: Merry and bright

Welcome to my final hygge gift guide for this festive season! This time we’re focusing on the fun side of hygge – not just languishing in front of a log fire, but the laughter and merriment that is so integral to Christmas. If the idea of parlour games or the endless game of Monopoly which…

Hygge gift guide: Eat, drink and be merry

Oh, the best part of the festive season is the food and drink isn’t it? If we’re completely honest? Guys? Anyone with me here? Of COURSE you are – I’d bathe in mulled wine if I could, and I would happily eat yule log for breakfast every day. Eggnog before bed? Sure, why not. For…

Hygge gift guide: Comfort and joy

I can’t believe I’m writing my first Christmas gift guide of the year! I really enjoyed putting these together last year, and I’m fully in the Christmas spirit, so crack¬† on your favourite festive tunes, grab a hot drink and we’ll reconvene here in five minutes… Even though hygge absolutely cannot be bought, I always…

Get cosy with Finding Hygge

I have something very exciting to tell you about today! 2018 sees the release of Finding Hygge, a documentary dedicated to finding the real meaning of hygge. In this documentary, we will meet a host of real people embracing hygge in their own lives, and find out what it means to them. From The Little…

Hygge places: Barbados

This blog is all about ‘finding hygge everywhere’, and Barbados is about as far from Scandinavia as it’s possible to get (in terms of weather and lifestyle, if not distance). I recently got back from my first ever trip to the Caribbean and I. LOVED. IT. What a beautiful, beautiful island! In the spirit of…

How to have the cosiest Bonfire Night

Remember,¬†remember the fifth of November, gunpowder treason and plot. We see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot. I’m not really a Halloween person – horror films bore me, I don’t own any costumes (apart from my Trixie Mattel look from Pride) and as a kid, I always resented giving trick or treaters…