Hygge

A friend of mine recently introduced me to the word and concept of hygge. Given the artic blast of cold that has descended upon us the last couple of days, I’ve found myself thinking quite a bit about this. Hygge is a Danish concept and, as described on the website www.visitdenmark.com, “Hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too.” Pretty nice, huh?

All of a sudden, the cold doesn’t feel that bad anymore, as images of sitting in front of the fireplace drinking some fabulous wine (and, of course, I’ll be eating chocolate too) with your sweetie and great friends create a feeling of warmth. I like it — I’ve always wanted to go to Denmark – and now I’m even more tempted! While we don’t have a fireplace here in the store (oh, but now wouldn’t it be so cool if we did), we do have wonderful candles from Graham + Kane. I love these candles – not just because they smell divine, but I so appreciate the attention to detail that has gone into every aspect of them. How fitting, in the spirit of hygge, that the candle line is called Peace, with each candle (No. One, No. Two and No. Three) having individual statements about peace. This is a picture of Peace Three – perhaps the guys at Graham + Kane have heard about hygge before.