Greetings, gentle readers! Today’s post will be short and sweet because I mainly just want to show you a nifty thing I made for those friends of mine who need a physical and spiritual recharge during the cold months to come. I’ve given homemade gifts lots of times before, but I want to start making it a tradition to put together a literal bag of glad tidings of comfort and joy, which I am henceforth dubbing a Hygge Bag.
If you aren’t familiar with the concept of hygge, you have probably been living under a rock for the last couple of years. 😉 Seriously, though, hygge to me equals coziness and comfortable connection with my very innermost circle of people – think cuddles on the couch in warm blankets, drinking hot tea while wearing fuzzy socks, or tucking into a big bowl of your favorite comfort food on a cold, dark night. Hygge can be felt alone, but it’s stronger when shared with loved ones – which is why I like sharing some hygge from afar with my Hygge Bags.
Mason jar gifts are such a popular thing this year that I’ve even seen them available for sale premade at Target, so these are nothing new, but they were certainly made with love. I have made these Cowboy Cookie jars before, but this year the Country Soup in a Jar (a.k.a. Hygge Soup) is new, and I added herbs for blessing the new year: parsley for protection, sage for wisdom, rosemary for healing, thyme for luck, basil for love, ginger for inspiration, and bay for prosperity. The grains and rice included also represent wishes for a bountiful harvest in the new year. I had intended to woodburn cute spoons to go with the set, but time got away from me, so I included cute little wood slice ornaments instead.
Every year, no matter how excited I am to give my handmade gifts, there’s always a little nag from my good friend Anxiety that wonders if people are going to think the gifts are lame. This year, though, I forbade myself to go down that road and instead to remind myself that I’m sharing something from my heart and hearth. So far, the reception has been amazing and it’s been worth every ounce of effort!
So that’s my sharing of the hygge love this year, gentle readers. If you have the means, time, and energy to do so, what’s your favorite handmade gift to share with your circle? Let me know at the Half-Assed Circle on Facebook. Until next time!