Welcome to Hyggelig! My name is Maria (my friends call me Angie). I am so glad you are here!
I am an island girl from Puerto Rico who, after a career in the military, married the most amazing husband and moved to the middle of farm country in SE Minnesota. My husband's family is originally from Norway and in researching more about this culture and his own family, I once came across a little term called 'hygge'. The word has been made famous by the Danish but in truth, it originates from Norwegian to mean 'well-being'. But in the current context is refers to 'that feeling of coziness and comfort'.
The more I read about it, the more this term reminded me of the German concept of 'gemütlichkeit' which convey the idea of a feeling of warmth and good cheer. Of coziness, peace of mind, and well-being. During the time I was stationed in Germany, I came to love winter and that amazing feeling this word conveys. And now living in Minnesota where the winters are harsh and long, I have come to truly embrace these concepts.
What about 'hyggelig'? Well, that is simple: creating moments of hygge and turning it into a state of mind. There is no true English translation to the term. As Winnie The Pooh would say "You Don't Spell It, You Feel It".
Whether 'hygge' or 'gemütlichkeit' the idea is to embrace the season with warmth and well being. So pull up a chair, grab a blanket, get cozy and just... hygge.