I was doing some Christmas shopping today, and I picked up a couple things for my parents to give to the kids.
They live about a half hour from me — they still live in the house I grew up in — and I was shopping down in their neck of the woods, so I stopped in to drop off the stuff I had gotten for them.
It’s been pretty chilly here in CT the last few days — the kind of weather that you are happy to avoid by staying in your house.
There’s a word Norwegians use for how they embrace this weather — koselig.
Koselig has no direct English translation, but The Norwegian Secret To Enjoying A Long Winter describes it like this:
“Norwegians also have a word, koselig, that means a sense of coziness. It’s like the best parts of Christmas, without all the stress. People light candles, light fires, drink warm beverages, and sit under fuzzy blankets.”
So I stopped in at my parents’ house and it was about 5 pm and it was cold out and dark and this is what I walked in to:
It was so warm and cozy and I just wanted to stay there forever.
Also, how cute is their mantle?
I wish I coulda stayed there and just had a sleepover.
But I had more shopping to do, so I stayed for about fifteen minutes and then I headed out to try and finish up shopping.
You know what my parents said before I left?
“Leave the presents you got so far here. We’ll wrap them for you.”
MY PARENTS ARE SO AWESOME.
And so is their cozy little house.