Have you heard of hygge? I know, how can you know something you can’t even pronounce? Hygge is a danish word that is pronounced hoo-ga. There are a variety of definitions out there, but its a concept of creating coziness. Think sweaters and cups of coffee by the fire, think about a “lived in” and comfortable decor. You get the idea. Hygge is a concept that encompasses everything from your clothes to your home decor to activities with friends and more. It is a concept built on comfort and connection.
As I was learning more about hygge, I came across a explanation that stood out to me. Hygge was defined as
1. The art of building sanctuary and community, of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open hearted and alive; 2. to create well-being, connection and warmth; 3. a feeling of belonging to the moment and to each other; 4. celebrating the everyday.
I read that and my first thought was CHURCH! This is a great way to think about how church should be with one important addition: Jesus. The more I thought about it, the more I believed that Jesus practiced hygge with his disciples. Think back to the story of the last supper with the disciples all reclined around the table sharing in the bread and the wine. Talk about belonging to the moment and to each other.
As I shared my thoughts with the staff, we agreed that we would work toward more of a hygge mindset here at the church I serve. As we put together promotional materials and decor and as we work on programming, we are thinking about hygge, about connection and openness, about belonging to each other, about celebrating everyday.
I think we all could use a little more hygge in our lives.