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Serenity Update #24: Hygge & Lagom

Update: January 2018 ~ I finally made Hygge & Lagom enough of a priority to feel able to judge them, with a few quiet snuggling days at home during the waning days of 2017. The verdict from this contented introvert: a firm 4 stars.

Note from the title that this one is an update, not my customary wrap-up. Having declared topic 24 as a focus on Hygge & Lagom, I don’t actually feel I’ve given either of these charming Swedish concepts a decent chance to boost my serenity.

Serenity wrap-up 24

Hygge was turned on its head by the arrival of new carpet in 80% of my home. I’ve waited ten years for this (we kept delaying it due to messy projects) so it’s hugely exciting. But evicting almost everything we own from its current location, then putting it back again a few days later, doesn’t exactly make for mellow, snuggly Sundays. I’m hoping today will finally take on some hygge qualities, but I can’t honestly pronounce on the effectiveness of this approach yet.

As for Lagom? Shame on me, but in the last two weeks I’ve spent more than I do in most months. Just enough has not really been uppermost in my mind. Alongside inevitable gift-buying, there have been two trips to Ikea to tame unruly closets. (They are now both beautiful and functional, but the credit card knows it’s had a good workout.) And I made some upgrades of things – like my suitcase and our artificial Christmas tree – which I’ve had for ages and were truly on borrowed time. The balding little tree would have been serviceable for another year or two, but I was in serious danger of spreading my undies on the carousel next time I fly.

With hindsight, this was a dubious time of year to select Lagom as a focus, but I do now plan to stick the word on my wallet and rein in the spending for the rest of December. And, now that the carpet dust has settled, I’m thrilled (and much in need) of some Hygge-filled hours.

So, no verdict on these concepts yet. I’ll update this post when I’ve given them a decent chance to nudge my serenity.

How is your December going? Are you feeling cozy or chaotic? Just-enough or over-the-top?

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    December 11, 2017 at 2:31 am

    I’m looking forward to February. UK taxes will be done, Christmas and New Year over. Until then I am haunted by my ‘to-do’ list and don’t see any way out of it. I appreciate I do it to myself, to some extent, feeling I ‘need’ to send presents to people who don’t even acknowledge, never mind reciprocate (I do it more to honour my Mom and my Aunt Rita than for the recipients). I was the one who initiated cards to the neighbours, e-cards for acquaintances, etc. I’m the one who carries on my Mom’s traditional 8′ tree drenched in ornaments dating back to 1944. I’m the one who bakes cakes and makes fruit alcohol and sews handmade gifts (that may well go in the trash, my step-kids like new and shiny). I don’t see how I can’t make up guest accommodation for them if they want to stay. I did, one year, manage to have most things in hand in late October, early November. Just need to find that list and start earlier next year…

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      December 11, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Shelley, this is quite the list… it’s good that you know you came up with most of it, but – I can attest to this – it doesn’t make the tasks feel less important. I hope you’re appreciated more than you realise.

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    Tracey Gemmell
    December 11, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Definitely a tough time of year for these concepts. But if life is about learning to dance in the rain, can’t hurt to keep hygge and lagom In the back of our minds. Thanks for the reminder! Now, go and take a nap on the new carpet 😉

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      December 11, 2017 at 9:35 am

      The new carpet is indeed almost nap-worthy! Thanks, Tracey.

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    Jean |
    December 14, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Pauline, glad you’re enjoying the new carpet. I’d love to take Shelley aside and help her pare down that list. Truly, life is too short to spend time, energy and cash on making things and sending gifts that will not even be acknowledged–cross those people off your list–and upholding traditions on a scale that saps your strength. It is time to cut back to what is manageable and enjoyable.

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