Master of  the Hygge

Date: October 8, 2018

We all know that one autumn animal. He runs around with a pumpkin spice latte daily, apple picks on weekends and has the selfies to prove it, and crashes your family’s Thanksgiving without shame. He was probably even conceived on New Year’s Eve, or as a result of too much Christmas holiday partying, and born in fall like so many people with unexplained magnetism to the color orange. This guy can boost your mood because he is a master of hygge. Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special. Hygge is the reason for this fall season.

How can you put a twist on boring old fall mainstays?

*If you always decorate with pumpkins and wood elements, try straw, sunflowers, and squash for a visual difference.

*For a wardrobe pop, move out of obvious orange and dark brown to red, purple and light brown. Still fall-inspired, just something different.

*What’s up with cranberry sauce? Only Grandpa eats it. And still it’s always there. Really mess with grandpa’s taste buds by adding real cranberries, blueberries, and blackberries to the canned sauce. His senses will be pleasantly confused as he is, and maybe the shift will keep him awake after supper, while adding color to your table.

*If your occasion is marked with a football game after supper, ask everyone to put their names on an ornament you’ve picked up with fast drying glitter or arty stickers. You can surprise your whole crew by displaying their handmade creations on the Christmas tree in a few months.

*Invite a wild card. The Hygge Master doesn’t count. He loves holidays and will undoubtedly show up. Dig deeper into your friend and family network to find a guest who is new to your town or experienced a life change or just might diffuse the tension between your Aunty Edna and her grumpy sister Liz.

Follow the hygge master in your world to enjoy the season, and put your personal stamp on the old autumn traditions.