Hygee is defined as, "A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)" This concept is one that was introduced to both Rachel Loewen and I by Kat Finely last year. Essentially, from the articles we read, we learned that it was a concept of "anticipating" winter and colder/darker seasons. A way of preparing for what's ahead by creating spaces that are cozy an enjoyable throughout a season that is harder to weather through, with less fresh hair, less light, and less warmth. We have fallen in love with the concept of Hygee, winters in Chicago can be tough, and I think it's a healthy approach to have a different mindset towards the season so many dread.
Last month, I texted Rachel & said "Let's have a picnic!!" and that picnic turned into far more than a picnic. We started envisioning an Autumn styled back porch dinner, with the concept of Hygee in mind. We decided we wanted to create an atmosphere of comfort, with a small group of friends to enjoy good food and warm drinks. So we sent a message to a handful of our friends to see if anyone was interested and available, and all of them were! We created a table with warm tones, flowers from the lakefront, blankets and a whole lot of candles. The table was filled with goat cheese & brie, crackers, hummus, chips, homemade cookies & most importantly hot spiced cider with whiskey.
As we sat around the table, both Rachel & I took turns capturing the evening. The conversations started with "What do you most look forward to in fall?" and moved deeper into "What are you uniquely good at and how do you want to use that in the coming season?" People shared from their hearts, and I think I can say that we each walked away from that table with full hearts feeling excited for the season ahead.