Joy Ann Ribar is the author of the Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery series, inspired by Wisconsin’s four seasons and friendly quirks. Her most recent post is here. You can find her books here, or more about her here.
Is it too late to say Happy New Year? I think not since it’s still January, the first month in our Gregorian Calendar. Did you know the first month of the year is named after the Roman god Janus? Janus was the god of beginnings and endings who had two faces, so he could look back at the past and forward to the future. Pretty fitting for our first month, eh?
Speaking personally, January is an uncomplicated time of the year in Wisconsin where I live. Buried deep in the snow and cold, with skimpy daylight hours, I’m often in my pajamas by six p.m. The holidays are over. There’s no reason to bake since we just finished weeks of over-indulging, and I have cookies that will last until Valentine’s Day. And there’s nothing happening in terms of special events. In other words, it’s the hygge season, aka time to get cozy.
Hygge isn’t simply a word in Denmark. It is the Scandinavian practice of coziness; perhaps even an art form. A hygge environment requires candlelight, warm blankets, a fire, comfort food, hot beverages and — most importantly, companions to share those items with you. You cannot “hygge” alone.