Thursday, June 1, 2017

Cashmere outside, how bow dah?

It's been cool and rainy here in Baltimore, although the temperature flirted with the 90° range a couple of weeks ago (that sort of flirtation should never be encouraged), and I sit here, all jealous of people in Australia and other points below, because they have lived through summer and will soon enjoy winter. 

I really think the best way for me to live is to move to Australia from April through October every year, the way I dislike summer heat and humidity.

I love winter and heavy coats and wool sox so much that others have suggested I move to Denmark, full time.

Still others have suggested that I move anywhere, full time, as soon as possible.

Image result for hyggeBut there is a word from Denmark that is becoming popular here, and who wouldn't like feeling "hygge"? It's not easy to pronounce, but it's easy to like.  You say "hoo-guh," and just think of "a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being."  That's the Oxford English Dictionary speaking, and there is no greater authority on our native tongue than they.

The etymology of the word says it comes from a sixteenth-century Norwegian term, hugga, meaning "to comfort" or "to console," and it's related to the English word "hug."

Image result for hyggeThe Danes have used the word forever, but it's only becoming a thing in the English-speaking word just now.  There are books about it; I even saw one on the shelves of the library the other day where I went to hygge out for a while. British journalist Helen Russell wrote a book called "The Year of Living Danishly," and she says hygge is all about "taking pleasure in the presence of gentle, soothing things," like a freshly brewed cup of coffee and cashmere socks.

I prefer hot tea, and if you want to get a head start on your Christmas shopping for me, Brooks Brothers is offering a pair of cashmere socks for just $298. Red, please.

Danish doctors advise their patients who come down with colds to try "tea and hygge," and they say it's ok to wear your hyggebukser, which are those worn-out pants that people tell you never to wear outside, but feel so good because they're just worn perfectly. 

I think we all understand.  Snuggle up with your hot tea or coffee and your flannel blanket and get all hygge-y. It's only a few short months until winter comes to America.  Blessed, beautiful, winter.

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