Words for the Holiday Season

Welp, we made it. It’s the end of December, and all that’s left to do is wrap up a few loose ends for the year, then settle into some quality time with friends and family. I have a lot to look forward to in the next 11 days I have off—family in town, my birthday, a first Christmas as married people (and maybe more importantly, a certain puppy’s first Christmas north of the border), sleeping in and movies and cooking and reading.

Here are a couple new words I learned today (after falling into a Wikipedia rabbit hole) that I want to keep in mind:

Hygge:

A Danish word (pronounced “hYOOguh“?) often translates to “cozy” — though it connotes much more. From what I gather, it means something like “fireplace warmth with candles and family and friends and food, tucked under blankets on a snowy day, cup-of- coffee conversation, scarf-snuggle, squiggly, warm baby love.” Or something like that.
Read more at this NPR article, here.

Gemütlichkeit

A German word meaning “a space or situation that is warm and cozy, that induces a cheerful mood and peace of mind, without a need to hurry or worry, and with a connotation of belonging and social acceptance”

Read more about both Hygge and Gemütlichkeit here.

 

Here's a picture I took up at Timberline Lodge this past weekend. It's such a cozy, warm place to curl up by a fire and have some hot cocoa.

Here’s a picture I took up at Timberline Lodge this past weekend. It’s such a cozy, warm place to curl up by a fire and have some hot cocoa. I’m also glad this family wasn’t creeped out by my snapping this picture.

I managed to sneak in a trip to Peacock Lane before the holidays! I loved the fact that there were TWO houses featuring Star Wars memorabilia.

I managed to sneak in a trip to Peacock Lane before the holidays! I loved the fact that there were TWO houses featuring Star Wars memorabilia.

This little cuddle puddle took place right after we took our holiday card photos. I love these two ridiculous creatures!

This little cuddle puddle took place right after we took our holiday card photos. I love these two ridiculous creatures!

Osa rocks her Christmas sweater! I can't wait to see how much she loves watching people tear into giftwrap!

Osa rocks her Christmas sweater! I can’t wait to see how much she loves watching people tear into giftwrap!

This is the photo we used for our first ever Pratuch Family Christmas Card. I'm lucky to have these two, and especially lucky to have such a patient husband, willing to dress up in silly sweaters and pose with our silly dog.

This is the photo we used for our first ever Pratuch Family Christmas Card. I’m lucky to have these two, and especially lucky to have such a patient husband, willing to dress up in silly sweaters and pose with our silly dog.

 

Here’s wishing all of you a safe and happy Holiday!

Holiday Themed Crafternoon: Planning Phase

This weekend, I’m hosting a second annual holiday-themed Crafternoon, and I’ve got a short list of inspirational crafts I thought I’d share! I’m certain I won’t get to all of these, but here are some fun tutorials I’ve earmarked for the holiday season:

I plan on making some of my own ornaments with different types of filling! Nature inspired via Martha

img_5573f9be12310204345f8c1e3058ecd638a0 I plan on making some of my own ornaments with different types of filling! Nature inspired via Martha, sprinkle filled via Sweet Little Details, Olaf from Frozen via this Etsy Seller

I don't quite have the number of corks needed to make a wreath like this, but I would happily attempt to drink the neccessary amount of wine! via save-on-crafts

I don’t quite have the number of corks needed to make a wreath like this, but I would happily attempt to drink the necessary amount of wine! via save-on-crafts

A Puppy Pawprint ornament to commemorate Osa's first Christmas? Via Homevolution

A Puppy Pawprint ornament to commemorate Osa’s first Christmas? via Homevolution.

Tiny holiday scenes/terrariums, via Hometalk!

Tiny holiday scenes/terrariums, via Hometalk!

Happy crafting!

A December to Remember

How did the holiday season sneak up on me so fast? It still feels like yesterday we were sweating it in August and focused on pulling off a wedding! (The wedding and the sweating were probably correlative).

Here I am, almost 4 months later, and ready to fully embrace the Holiday Spirit. Here’s a little about what’s been going on the last few months:

I got this bike toward the end of summer, and have absolutely loved biking to work. I'd say I bike about half of the time, given the weather we've been having lately!

I got this bike toward the end of summer, and have absolutely loved biking to work. I’d say I bike about half of the time, given the weather we’ve been having lately!

Osa has been working on being more photogenic, to much success. I help by taking possibly hundreds of pictures, and clogging up Instagram with my dog. #Osabear

Osa has been working on being more photogenic, to much success. I help by taking possibly hundreds of pictures, and clogging up Instagram with my dog. #Osabear

I've had a few recent chalk art commissions, and was especially happy with this woodland/Portland scene featuring a menu for a truly wonderful and laid-back bride.

I’ve had a few recent chalk art commissions, and was especially happy with this woodland/Portland scene featuring a menu for a truly wonderful and laid-back bride.

The weather has turned cold and rainy, so of course that means it's cyclocross season! We've spent a good number of weekends in the cold and rain racing, cheering, and drinking beer for this cause.

The weather has turned cold and rainy, so of course that means it’s cyclocross season! We’ve spent a good number of weekends in the cold and rain racing, cheering, and drinking beer for this cause.

Meet my mom's new horse, Bella! She's a sweet 10 year old paint, and Mom is completely over the moon.

Meet my mom’s new horse, Bella! She’s a sweet 10 year old paint, and Mom is completely over the moon.

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My brother and his wife moved to California! Jesse was offered a great new job, and I'm so excited for them to start this new adventure! Though I'll also miss them like crazy.

My brother and his wife moved to California! Jesse was offered a great new job, and I’m so excited for them to start this new adventure! Though I’ll also miss them like crazy.

In anticipation for the holidays, I've been reorganizing and cleaning my house. I'm particularly fond of my new color-coordinated book shelf.

In anticipation for the holidays, I’ve been reorganizing and cleaning my house. I’m particularly fond of my new color-coordinated book shelf.