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Snow shivering the pines and firs, a simmering wholesome stock on stove and a kin spreading hearty snuggles; its picture perfect. Winters are harsh and extreme sometimes, but warm with loved ones around. Chilled winds can be curbed with a few sips of steaming tea, a soulful soup or just hot fluffy phulkas with tadka dal.
I came across a Danish word "Hygge" this morning, glancing at our local daily and it caught my fancy as I instantly felt a connect. It is a terminology used for the interior of homes; a friendly anti-technology trend for winters, meaning 'to keep cosy'. I took some time to list my theory of hygge and was filled with happiness and gratitude when looked back at it, being blessed to have a home to shelter; with my family to hold .
Pronounced as "hue-gah" its a feel, an emotion, the snug one can drape on a cold winter month, in the warmth of a home without the distractions due to gadgets, ditching the disturbing technological advancements.
HYGGE is as simple as...
* Taking a few extra minutes wrapped in the blanket after snoozing the alarm on a cold morning.
*Holding hands over romantic duets with your spouse sipping a cup of hot chocolate.
*Waking up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee/ tea .
*Spending an evening chit chatting with your girl friends at the leisure of your balcony.
*Reading a long halted book subsiding in a silent corner.
*Giving a tight hug to your children for nothing.
*Cooking a three course meal and winning all hearts.
*Engaging in some knitting , crochet or embroidery/ painting, pottery or craft.
*Soaking your feet in a tub of warm water.
*Lighting candles and igniting the desires.
*Creating magical moments with fragrant flowers.
*Playing family games like cards, Scrabble, Uno, carom board ....
*Frying bhajiyas , baking cakes or steaming momos; gorging on till your heart content. Guilt free!
*Sharing childhood stories with your kids, recalling sweet- sour memories.
*Grilling a double cheese pizza and capturing the little faces brimming with smiles.
*Taking a looong hot water shower as if it's the only thing to be done for the day.
* Letting the sun enter through the windows and brighten your space.
* Observing the tiny leaves unfolding their ways on your potted plants.
* Opening your trunk of old photographs and reliving the glorious past.
* Your small wonders have fantastic series of their day -to- day adventures to boast. listening patiently to them; for a change.
* Be quiet and live the moment in its serene silence; let eyes do the talking!
Hugge can be cuddling your baby or just looking at its innocence and feeling the beauty in the comfort of your inn, it's an experience; not an object. A comfortable seating with family or friends over bubbles of laughter is Hugge , it's a never negative instinct, always energizing and positive; a simplistic pleasure...
Let there be winter everywhere to spread the rosy cheer that Hygge brings along...Waiting anxiously to hear how do you Hugge ?