Being a California girl living in the midwest. I get the winter blues everytime the cold weather rolls around. I've learned to embrash the Hygge culture that helps the Danish survive their bitter cold nights in high spirits. So this year the girls and i decided to share some Hygge warmth by creating beeswax coconut candles as gifts for our friends. As for the chapstick we we recommend finding a different recipe. That will be for another day.
Hygge is as Danish as roast pork and in many ways is the essence that lights up the Danish soul. Hygge actually comes from a Norwegian word meaning "well-being." It first appeared in Danish writing in the 18th century and has been embraced by the Danes ever since!
Hygge is a tricky word to define, it's a feeling, an experience, a sensation. It means creating a warm atmosphere. It is enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm amber glow of candlelight is hygge. Stomping through woods, wrapped up warm on a fresh Autumn day before returing to a fireside for hot cocoa is definitely hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too.
There's nothing more hygge than sitting round a table, discussing the big and small things in life. Perhaps hygge explains why the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world?
People gather togehter, play music, sit in front of the fire, drink, light candles. Pretty much raise spirits during trying times.
Here is the recipe we used from Wellness Momma and added a twig of rosemary and Hygee Note
Beeswax Candles Ingredients
- 1 lb pure filtered beeswax
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 3 half-pint canning jars
- 60 ply cotton braided wick #4 cut into 6 inch pieces
- A metal pitcher (or an empty coffee can)
- pot large enough to fit your pitcher to use as a double boiler
- Hygee print out card
- bamboo skewers
We found our supplie at Hobby Lobby