Saturday, December 3, 2016
On the First Day of a Feminine Christmas
No matter how far away you roam...there's no place like home for the holidays ~ Perry Como
I love the moody darkness of this illustration. And this was me tonight as I tried to find a spot to anchor my wreath in the cold dusky twilight. I debated whether or not to put a small nail hole in my new front door. I waited a long time for this door and painstakingly chose its color - Velvet Rope - a deep Delphinium-blue that even the painters got excited about. In the end, I nailed it under the lantern and left the door pristine and perfect.
There really is no place like home for the holidays and more and more I am reading about "hygge", the Danish phrase that represents the notion of living with profound contentment. Many of the concepts of hygge are things I am already quite familiar with and have written about on this blog.
But I will take it a step further and say that being at home for Christmas is particularly rewarding and full of hygge opportunities for women. As we set the Christmas stage for loved ones, it's important to remember the Dane's approach to wellness and deep comfort. I am certain the lady of the house in our illustration has a warm bath, cozy slippers and an absorbing book waiting for her - just as soon as the last pretty ornament is hung on her tree.