In my last post I shared a list of all the things that make me feel cozy and safe and happy and able to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. If you’re unfamiliar with the Danish concept of hygge, check out my previous post for a more in-depth explanation. (Or google it??? You do you!) This week though, I’m sharing a list of the ways I think we as a country experience hygge. America is a big, beautiful, complicated, messy, amazing, diverse place and I honestly love it for (and sometimes in spite of!) these things. But we’re pretty different from the Danes when it comes to our approach to, erm, most things? So I wanted to put a red, white, and blue spin on this lovely concept and see if my fellow Americans agree with this list. What did I miss? What did I get wrong? Leave your patriotic hygge remarks in the comments!
- Bath & Body Works scented candles ALL. DAY. (seasonally appropriate, of course)
- Lush Bath bombs
- Throw blankets. Multiple.
- Mulled cider
- Playing pop music on the record player you bought off amazon
- Making a casserole with sour cream and condensed soups
- Summer BBQs
- Attending a fantasy football draft at a beer joint
- Going to the movies and having the theater to yourself and eating a bunch of popcorn
- Fireworks on the 4th of July viewed from a blanket on crunchy grass
- Sledding down the hill of an overpass by your house on a snow day
- Hot chocolate from a gas station and driving around the rich neighborhoods looking at christmas lights
- Carving pumpkins in October
- Day drinking on a saturday at the pool
- Napping through a football game on thanksgiving day
- Bachelor watch parties
- The slamming of a screen door
- Freshly mown yard
- Garage sales on a Saturday morning
- Book clubs
- Sweet tea on the patio
- Coffee shop study sessions
- Getting a slight sunburn at a baseball game in early spring
- Road trips
- Texas Roadhouse rolls + cinnamon butter
- Oversized chairs
There are lots of things I could add that seem downright American but that feel somewhat foreign to me. I’m thinking four-wheelin’ at the farm, having a subway car all to yourself, and mom groups doing whatever it is they do at Chick-Fil-A. I’m sure to the people who live those lives, those experiences feel very hygge to them!
So what did I miss? Please leave a comment below with something you think is quintessentially American AND hygge!