Simple Living: Montana Winter Hygge

Growing up in Montana, I remember winters being more about cozy gatherings with family and friends than shopping or hitting the latest chic restaurant. We cared more about experiencing nature everyday than braggadocious adventure travel. I still shudder when I hear people talking about “bagging fourteen-ers” in Colorado, as if a journey into stunning mountain territory is more about notching a belt than encountering beauty, breathing deeply, and catching up with a good friend.So how do you explain to outsiders what it’s like to live in Montana during the winter? In a word: hygge.Hygge—Danish for “coziness” and pronounced “hoo-guh”—has been transformed by lifestyle bloggers to mean candlelight, wool socks, hearty recipes, and Pin-able tips on how to throw a party. While it includes those elements, it’s so much more. Hygge is a philosophy that embraces slowing down. It champions simplicity, balance, and living in the moment, and welcomes intimate conversations … Continued