Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve in HYGGE fashion

Can you believe it's Christmas EVE!?
I always feel bittersweet on December 24th.  It means Christmas is almost over, 
I love this time of year so much.  I love celebrating and honoring 
the miracle and birth of Jesus Christ.  
I love the lights, the sounds, the smells and the music.  
I love the cozy family time and the weather.  
We told the Little Nies that this year we were going to incorporate
more Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) into our holiday season.
If you haven't heard of Hygge, it is a Danish word for a feeling or 
mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary everyday things simply extraordinary.  For example, each evening 
I light candles all over the house for no big reason at all.  
If we are watching TV I light candles around the TV. 
 Of course candles are lit on our dinning room table 
and a candle burns low while I cook.  
Words like coziness, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, 
fellowship, simpleness and living well are often used to describe the idea of Hygge.
Yesterday we started our Star Wars marathon in true Hygge style. 
Outside was snowy and dark.  
Mr. Nielson dragged up the stairs extra mattresses and
we lay them in the middle of the living room right in front of our big windows,
and the TV.  I added cozy flannel sheets, feather down comforters,
and plenty of fluffy pillows to make it very "Hyggelit" (Hygge-like).

I love what Danish Alex Beauchamp said about Hygge:
"The Danes see both the domestic and personal life as an art form and not every drudgery to get away from. Hygge is about being present and recognizing (and enjoying) the moment."
We started with the first Star Wars and watched the next three. 
After episode 1 we stopped for sandwiches and after episode 2
I had warm chocolate chip cookies ready, and we took a break to deliver
our neighborhood Christmas cards and yule.
  Episode 3 finished around 11:30.
We will finish the rest today and tonight
 see the newest and most recent Star Wars. 
I am not sure if the Little Nies LOVE Star Wars, but this sure has been 
a Christmas break to remember!

Merry Christmas Eve to you!

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Matthew 2:11
And when they had opened their treasures, 
they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.