What is Hygge?

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Hygge. It's such a fun and silly word to say, but what does it mean? According to Merriam-Webster, hygge is “a cozy quality that makes a person feel content and comfortable”. It is a Danish/Norwegian term that came into use sometime during the year 1960. In Denmark, when the winters are particularly long, dark, and harsh, hygge is how they find joy and comfort. 

Now, I know our winter hasn’t been particularly dark or long but it has been weird and strenuous in its own ways. Temperature changes aren’t easy, even for midwesterners like us who are familiar with it being all four seasons in a day. But even so, if you are anything like me, this swing from 60 to 20 to 70 again is taking its toll. 

That is why the Cape Girardeau Public Library has decided to bring back our patron-favorite Hygge Night! Join us for a relaxed evening of crafts, coloring, and cocoa. We encourage you to be comfortably you. Wear a hoodie or pajama pants and some soft fuzzy socks to really get that comfortable mood going. Don’t want to participate in the crafts but still want to participate? Bring a book that you find soothing and safe to get some relaxed reading in. Want something to eat to go along with your cocoa? Pack a comfort food as a snack to munch on while you work. 

This will be CGPL’s second Hygge Night and we hope to make it as wonderful as the first! We hope to see you there; bring a friend if you'd like! Nothing says comfort like hanging out with a friend. 


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