Spy Garden Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Little Airplants

Little Air Plants

Christmas Betta

Christmas Betta

Little Bunny Farmer

Little Bunny Farmer

Christmas glassware haha

Christmas glassware haha

Rudolph

Rudolph

Frozen rose and Christmas lights

Frozen rose and Christmas lights

Front Porch

Front Porch

Pool

Pool

Christmas Black Ice

Christmas Black Ice

Sledding on ice

Sledding on ice

Headless Dexie

Headless Dexie

Moss

Moss

Christmas cards and crafts

Christmas cards and crafts

Bunnies come in for a drink when their water is frozen; in this picture they are looking quite rat-ish; so consider this an homage to those rats in the Nutcracker Ballet. HAHhaha

Bunnies come in for a drink when their water is frozen; in this picture they are looking quite rat-ish; so consider this an homage to those rats in the Nutcracker Ballet. HAHhaha

Orchid blooming! (I got it last January so pretty proud that I kept it alive and it bloomed again!)

Orchid blooming! (I got it last January so pretty proud that I kept it alive and it bloomed again!)

Black and white orchid

Black and white orchid

Lighted Tractor at Sunset

Lighted Tractor at Sunset (near Spy Garden)

"I'm cooling. Come cool with me."

“I’m cooling. Come cool with me.”

Dexie's toy in the garden

Dexie’s toy in the garden

Back yard sledding

Back yard sledding

Kohlrabi is very hardy

Kohlrabi is very hardy

Woods

Woods

Sledding in the woods

Sledding in the woods

Tasty snow!

Tasty snow!

Beading

Beading

Bun Bun

Bun Bun (and Puff Puff and Butkus)

Bunny Condos

Bunny Condos

Moocha making some upgrades to the bunny conods

Moocha making some upgrades to the bunny conods

Hay

Hay

Hay

Hay

Snow Gear

Snow Gear

Frozen Rose

Frozen Rose

Weed

A Weed in the Garden

Sunset

Sunset

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The newlyweds are moving to Florida!!!

The newlyweds are moving to Florida!!!

Even though we are sad to see you leave St. Louis; we are looking forward to having a new Florida beach to visit; soon!!!

Christmasy lamp

Christmasy lamp

Cozy town

Cozy town

Blankets to protect the white couch!!

Blankets to protect the white couch!!

Christmas kids

Christmas kids

The kids did a great job with the Christmas service

The kids did a great job with the Christmas service

After the service

After the service

Tablecloth paper (with knives, fork and spoon print)

Tablecloth paper (with knife, fork and spoon print)

Dexie admiring the decor

Dexie admiring the decor

5:30 AM !

Up at 5:30 AM !

Hahah

A Very Early Christmas!

Horsey

Horsey

Lite Brite!

Lite Brite!

Trampoline!

Trampoline!

Setting up the trampoline

Setting up the trampoline

Weeeee!

Weeeee!

Christmas Card

Christmas Card

Besties

Besties

Cozy

Cozy

Christmas steaks

Christmas steaks

Christmas Couch Burning

Christmas Couch Burning

Christmas Couch Burning

Christmas Couch Burning

Out with the old! haha

Out with the old! haha

Moss

Moss

Christmas Day

Christmas Day

A very Merry Christmas to all! And a happy, healthy, hygge and koselig 2017!! What’s that you say?

Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special. Whether it’s making coffee a verb by creating a ritual of making it then lingering over a cup to a cosy evening in with friends to the simple act of lighting a candle with every meal. Hygge is being aware of a good moment whether it’s simple or special.

Some refer to hygge as an “art of creating intimacy” (either with yourself, friends and your home). While there’s no one English word to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of hygge such as cosiness, charm, happiness, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness. (source: Hygge House/Alex Beauchamp)

Hygge definitely describes our Christmas this year and Spy Garden in general; and since I am part Scandenavian (Norwegian) it is just a perfect descriptor. Which also brings us to koselig.

There is an important concept one needs to understand and embrace when living in Norway: being “koselig”. Most English speakers translate it by “cosy” but that term doesn’t even begin to cover everything that “koselig” can express. This concept is difficult to translate to those who do not live here, but basically anything can (and should) be koselig: a house, a conversation, a dinner, a person. It defines something/someone /an atmosphere that makes you feel a sense of warmth very deep inside in a way that all things should be: simple and comforting. And just for the fun ask a Norwegian what is his/her definition of koselig and you will realise it is not only hard to translate but also hard to explain for them. Then ask what is the difference between “hyggelig” and “koselig” and you might have lit an evening-long discussion. (source: Lorelou Desjardins, A Frog in the Fjord)

Cozy days and nights to you and your families this holiday season! Only a few more days until 2017!

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4 thoughts on “Spy Garden Christmas 2016

  1. Eliza Waters

    ‘Hygge’ is a great descriptor of this post. Looks like you had a delightful Christmas (of course it has to start before dawn!) and there was quite a haul around that tree. ;)
    I will miss the old couch, I loved the fabric (even with the green magic marker art on it ;) ).
    I expect you will miss your sister, but as you said, the beach is very compelling!
    Happy New Year to you all!

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      It was actually the couches from the man cave that we burned (green leather with floppy cushions that never stayed put). Not pictured but the new man cave couch is white leather and a pull out. And we have a red ottoman so it’s very festive! We saved the yellow floral couch in the basement to one day be reupholstered with other yellow floral fabric hahahaha. Because I love that old couch too! Haha My sister and her husband are storing a bunch of furniture here. Plus gave some to us since they moved to Florida (a beachside condo that already has a bunch of furniture). I love interior design in the winter. And apparently so do Scandinavians! It was definitely the earliest Christmas morning we’ve ever had; usually the kids are tired and sleep in. It has been the coziest week! So loved reading about hygge and koselig!! Happy new year to you thanks for commenting!!!

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