Friday nights and winter “hygge”…

It’s Friday and it’s freezing! We woke up to -9 degrees this morning and the kids left the house for school bundled to the eyeballs. I don’t mind the cold particularly but, thankfully, I have a day of writing and studying planned so, for now, I can sit here warm and toasty and enjoy a hot cup of tea.

I’ve been living in Norway for nearly 30 years now, meaning I’ve had almost 30 Norwegian winters, and I still love them as much as I did when I was a child. The snow is always a source of joy in our house but, with the temperature dropping and the days being so short, we’ve settled in for a season full of indoor Scandinavian “Hygge”.

Winter for me means: hot drinks, knitting, reading under a blanket by the fire, wool everything and soup! We eat a lot of soup and home baked bread during the colder months, of every type and variety, and hot chocolate has become a tradition when we come in from playing in the snow or hike up to our cabin. My evenings are spent for the most part knitting and either listening to an audiobook, watching a film or binge watching a new tv series.

Our current obsession is the tv series Once Upon a Time and here’s why… My son is nuts about fairytales! Well, Pokémon too, but that’s an entire other world of crazy for another time! He just finished reading Chris Colfer’s Land of Stories series and the two first books of his Tale of magic series. He quite literally couldn’t put them down and was regularly caught reading with a torch waaaaaaaaaay passed bedtime. As a reader and someone who regularly does the same, I can’t quite find the inclination to be cross about it, but I digress. The fact that he has devoured these books and absolutely loved the creative reimagining of the traditional fairytale characters, had me thinking he might enjoy one of my favourite tv-series that does the same. And I was right!

Every Friday we have what he has named “Friday night movie night” were he gets to stay up later than his sisters and watch something they aren’t old enough yet to see. It’s a pretty big deal and he often starts figuring out what we’re going to watch several days in advance. This is the first time we’ve tried a tv-series though and so far it has been a huge hit. We started watching season 1 of Once Upon a Time a few weeks ago and today we start on season 2! So far he is captivated by the clever way the characters are being given new and yet familiar tales to tell and he has started attempting to guess what will happen next, which allows for endless discussions of possible theories. Of course, I know where it’s all headed as I’ve seen it before, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun listening to him bubble over with enthusiasm and come up with plot twists that are just as creative as the ones they wrote into the series. I love how much the books and now the tv-series have fed his imagination and creativity and can’t wait to see what he does with it.

That’s all from me for now! I hope you have a wonderful weekend planned wherever you are – in the snow if you have any!

S

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