Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga) is a Danish word. It is a word that does not have an exact definition. In fact, if you google it you will find no definition is the same. Basically it is "the absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming; taking pleasure from the presence of gentle soothing things." The Danes are known for routinely being considered the happiest people in the world. It is somewhat baffling since a majority of the time in Denmark is winter or rain.
Fire is important. Either candles, fireplaces, or (in our case) our little stove. Fire creates a feeling of peace and coziness. A feeling of relaxation is the central theme for hygge.
Since winter lasts forever in our neck of the woods, it is usually still winter when our nephew and his family come out to turkey hunt. Besides hunting, we always find plenty to do, enjoy good meals, and play a mean game of Bear in the Woods.
I encourage you to read about hygge. I can say that when I am home I am happy and it has a lot to do with the things that most hygge articles recommend. Life is too short to be unhappy or stressed and long winters can add to that feeling. I try to do everything possible to make our home inviting for guests and a comfort for my husband and I.