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:
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.
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 wishing all of you a safe and happy Holiday!