hygge

 photo: The New Yorker

photo: The New Yorker

The Danish term for getting snug, homey, cozy, and just all-around comfy, hygge is my new post-holidays goal. According to stories in both The New York Times and The New Yorker, hygge is officially trending as a new “national manifesto, nay, an obsession expressed in the constant pursuit of homespun pleasures involving candlelight, fires, fuzzy knitted socks, porridge, coffee, cake and other people.” and even "Danish doctors recommend “tea and hygge” as a cure for the common cold."

After three months of holiday prep, after school programs, readings, workshops, family birthdays, office Christmas parties, two Secret Santa exchanges, a lost Christmas tree and countless conference, hygge-ing is exactly how I want to end 2016. A few days in my pajamas, reading every book I can get my hands on, eating cinnamon toast, and lighting my favorite candles is my idea of heaven.