Winter is here and I’m so excited! Autumn is beautiful but winter is really my favourite. I love the crisp chill in the air, the bare tree branches reaching through the cold and how much fun it is to make everything at home extra cosy.
I remember the first time I heard about the concept of hygge, defined by Wikipedia as a Danish and Norwegian word which can be described as a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being. This is one of my favourite feelings in the world and I love that there’s an actual word for it! When I think of cosiness in winter, a big mug of cinnamon tea is one of the first things to come to mind, so I treated myself to this deceptively large mug (of course it’s pink) especially for my favourite tea.
Since this is a Pagan household, we decorate for Yule and for winter more generally, so it definitely isn’t too early for these decorations. I toyed with the idea of making a winter-themed wreath (Pinterest is a harsh mistress) but when I saw this beautiful decorated star in The Range, it was so perfect I couldn’t resist. Decorating with a hyperactive kitten in the house isn’t easy. We can’t have an indoor tree this year, or anything that hangs down within reach of little paws, so everything will be on the walls and we’re still trying to figure out where to put our fairy lights so they don’t get pulled down, climbed up or chewed on.
Speaking of the kitten destroying things, this is our pretty Christmas cactus that narrowly escaped being obliterated this morning. We rescued it just in time and it’s now safe on the bathroom windowsill.
I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend and that my fellow Northern Hemisphere dwellers are enjoying a hygge (hygglig/hyggeligt?) beginning to winter ❤