Creating a magical space inside the home leading up to Christmas is one of my favorite times to explore my artistic expression in the home. Mitch and I get to slow down and find rest and respite in the home and keep with us the traditions we love from Christmas and discard the ones that don't serve us well. We enjoy music, food, resting, elves on shelves, Christmas trees, homemade wreaths, decorating plants and other natural spaces inside the home, candles, sparkly flare in the plants, and scents of balsam and pine. We try not to engage in outside pressures that create stress or pointless purchases for the sake of consumerism. We see family if it works, but do not put pressure on ourselves surrounding holiday norms. We give gifts from our larder or homemade creativity and reflect on the year with peace and focus our energies on the hearth. We listen for sleigh bells and believe in Santa and watch bad Christmas movies and talk about what we are grateful for. Our home is definitely a portal to the North Pole and visitors are always welcome.
The Danish term hygge has gained popularity in the media this year and when we first learned of this word and the feeling is is supposed to invoke (rather than be a stand alone definition), we realized this one word encompasses all of what we create at the homestead during the Christmas season and well into February when we begin planting seeds and starting the cycle all over again.