A Recipe for Hygge

A large dose of merriment in the holidays that herald the coming of winter, regardless of hemisphere.

Delight in the dashes of Joy that are the a blanc beauty of fresh fallen snow.

Dollops of peace in enjoying the solitude of a good book or movie, new or old.

On a snowbound night – nothing re-hydrates like hot cocoa if cold; a chilled chardonnay if warm.

Dole heaps of compassion and goodwill for humanity’s less fortunate.

Whisk together friendship where the pot luck results in a smorgasbord of laughter and love.

Keep an extra roux of wisdom and strength on hand for rejuvenation to reduce the doldrums that may appear. Serve yourself and others liberally as needed in remembering it is only a season, and like all seasons, this too shall pass.


What is Hygge? If you were to try to translate it, hygge (pronounced hoo-guh), like duende, it is more of a feeling than a word. It’s sort of a full-on embrace of all things toasty, cozy, and restorative to the soul, especially in wintertime.

Today at dVerse Michelle (Mish) tends the pub for Poetics and challenges us to create our own “recipe poem”, but not of the culinary kind. To instead, write about something more abstract such as “a recipe for love”.  Thus, for those of us, like myself – who are not major fans of cold weather –  I present my recipe for getting through the winter season quickly encroaching on the northern hemisphere.

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We are in the first full week of December and several of my northern friends are already facing snow. It seemed a good time to get this recipe going.



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12 thoughts on “A Recipe for Hygge

  1. A recipe to post on my refrigerator so that I see it each time I pass and make often to get me through those days when I need it most and share with friends when they need some uplifting.

  2. It feels like words from a poet bartender. I once wrote one that had the line “take two poems and call me in the morning.

  3. Well, I love that new word that you introduced to me. I never would have guessed that it was pronounced hoo-guh…cool! And the meaning of it is just so beautiful…all things good and nurturing to our souls. Thanks for your lovely poem of hygge, Raivenne.

  4. I like this take on the prompt, including a variety of the abstract nouns on the list. The “roux of wisdom and strength” has to be my favourite ingredient. Thanks for introducing me to “hygge”.

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