A Danish Hyggelig Christmas

People say that the Danes discovered the secret of happiness. It doesn’t matter what you do, it just has to be hygge. This unique word is the feeling of enjoyment. Too feel Hygge you have to feel genuine happy about your ordinary life. It’s taking pleasure from small things that you do every day. Enjoying holding a warm cup of tea or just lighting up a candle each meal. The appreciation of this small gesture every day is the hygge feeling.

Hygge can also be intend as the art of creating an intimate and cozy environment. There is no Italian or English word that translates the Danish Hygge. The idea of hygge can be described as cosiness, charm, happiness, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness.

Technology nowadays took away a lot of these simple and happy moments. Hygge is about celebrating reality and being present and transforming the ordinary into a moment to recognize instead.

The Danes are often cited as the happiness nation thanks to the Hygge. They recognize the importance of sitting down with family and friends. Sharing a coffee and having a good conversation. Finding time for the loved ones is the most important element for creating this cozy environment.

During the holidays feeling Hygge with family and friends is a must. In order to make Christmas more hyggelig the Danes goes crazy for Christmas lights and decorations (just walk in Tivoli, a famous amusement park, during Christmas time, and you will understand what I am talking about!)

All the apartments and houses will be lighted up. Christmas decoration will be disposed and Nisser will start appearing everywhere.


A Nisse (Nisser plural) is a mythological creature from Scandinavian folklore. They are small gnome that wear red pointy hats and usually they live in the attics of all the Danish houses and come out around Christmas time. They are famous for being naughty and they are really known for teasing humans.

Their favorite food is Risengrød (Danish rice porridge) and if they don’t receive their daily ration they will tease you for the whole year. Their favorite thing to do to annoy us, humans, and to hide our things. They enjoy watching us when we go crazy looking for our keys that we can’t find, swearing that we left them right there! Of course we did leave them there, but a Nisse took them and moved them somewhere else.. little naughty Nisse.

However, also someone else really likes Risengrød

Decorating and making your house warm and Christamassy it’s essential in order to have a Hyggelig holiday.

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