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This Christmas I want to try something a little different.

I want to live like a Scandinavian for the month of December.

I know it sounds stereotypical.  It’s like saying I’m going to be Canadian, so each morning I will enjoy maple syrup on my pancakes, drink a Timmy’s double double while wearing my red plaid shirt, and go out on the weekend to watch a hockey game with my friends.

But once you hear about some of their traditions, you’ll be hooked too.

 

Fika.  “It’s about coffee, it’s about cinnamon buns, it’s about people.”  (Come on…amazing!)

Hygge.  Wool socks, being cozy by a fire, and spending time with loved ones…  (I’m all in.)

Sisu.  To be determined and have strength of will.  (This is exactly what I’ll need to shut down and just chill for a month.)

 

If you could do with a dose of this, versus the “Christmas countdown” (that I heard about  on the radio at least 5 times this morning), then join along!

I’m going to bring the ideas of hygge, fika, and sisu into my life this month.  My own little Nordic mashup project.  You could make your own too!

Apparently many have jumped on the “Scand-wagon” of hygge.  In one article I read, hygge is described as catnip to social media.  Hilarious! On Instagram, there are almost 1.5 million #hygge posts.  Pinterest has a 285% year-on-year rise of hygge-themes pins (according to an article by The Guardian).  We may be a year late to the party but here we are!

My head is whirling with ideas.  I’d like to learn more about what these words mean to those who live in Nordic countries.  I want to learn more about my Dad’s side of the family (they are Finnish).  Connecting with Finnish strangers over Instagram was a lot of fun.  I’ll have to fill you in later!

I’ve already found some Finnish bakeries in the city that I’d like to go to.  Last weekend, we took the kids to a Swedish Christmas Fair downtown (something that I came across in my research).  It was amazing!

I am booking a massage for myself next week.  We lit our first fire in the fireplace last night and I’ve found my favourite wool socks.  I’ve Googled simmering pots, bought a great smelling candle, and hope to spend even more time outside with the Eric and the kids. There’s something about coming in from the cold and then warming up with hot chocolate that feels so good.

I’m looking forward to going home to see my family over Christmas.  If we go to the cabin, it will need to involve a sauna and a roll in the snow.

December for me is going to be a month of reconnecting, relaxing, and enjoying time with my family.

I’m going to post ideas I come across and things I want to try on my Instagram account and blog.  My hope is that this doesn’t grow into yet another big project I concoct, but rather that I find a way for myself to just be for the next four weeks.  I will pull on my cozy wool socks, enjoy a fire, and eat cinnamon buns like nobody’s business.  Wish me luck!

I hope you have an amazing holiday with your family – one with lots of laughs and good memories.

Best wishes for 2018,

Lainie

 

 

If you’re curious to know more about fika, hygge, and sisu, here are some great videos and article to get you started!

Fika: The Ritual (on YouTube)

The Scandinavian Hygge Lifestyle is Taking the World by Storm (on YouTube)

Sisu: Our Finnish Heritage (from Finlandia University)