Slowing down, Getting cozy, & taking pleasure from the simple things in life…Hygge
We’re sure you’ve come across the word in the past few months, but what in the world is hygge exactly? First let’s start with how you say it. Pronounced “hoo-ga,” this Danish concept cannot be translated to one single word but encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life. Hygge is such an important part of being Danish that it is considered “a defining feature of our cultural identity and an integral part of the national DNA,” according to Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. As written in Country Living Magazine, this national obsession with all things cozy is credited as one of the reasons Denmark is always at the top of the list of the world’s happiest countries, despite their
infamously miserable winters. A way of life for Danes, it has caught on like wildfire as a lifestyle trend in the US. Hygge is not about grand gestures, but rather, embracing little luxuries
everyday in order to foster a sense of familiarity, comfort and kinship. How lovely. So, as the darker evenings draw in, it’s time to hunker down, settle in and do as the Danes do.

Here’s how:
~Laughing, joking and enjoying fragrant cups of tea with friends and family.
~Sitting in the evening in front of a cozy fire in soft jammies and a mug of cocoa.
~Keeping things simple.
~Bringing nature into your decor.
~Dimming the lights and using candles.
~Baking bread.
~Indulging yourself with all things tasty including simple comfort foods especially cakes and pastries.
~Spending time walking in the country, gazing at winter’s beauty, communing with nature.
~Get into a proper paper book, and read snuggled under a soft blanket.
~Put away the electronics and enjoy the feeling.

In a nutshell this is Hygge. How else might you experience a Hygge experience? Well at Sweet Shalom Tea Room of course. We’ve been Hygge since 1999! We are quintessentially Hygge. So come in, & enjoy this unique Danish holiday tea. With flickering candlelight, a warm fire, beautiful decor and, gentle music you will be wrapped in a sense of history. Our servers, dressed in traditional folk dress will offer a Danish style celebratory tea including:

  • Scones with Butter and Lingonberry Jam,
  • Artfully Presented Succulent Beef Smorrebrod (a gourmet open faced sandwich & the national food of Denmark),
  • Brunede Kartofler (Caramelized Potatoes),
  • Kavring crostinis with Havarti Cheese and Cloudberries,
  • Cucumber Tea Sandwiches,
  • Egg Salad on Crisp Bread,
  • Danish Apple Braid,
  • Copenhagen’s Chocolate Sarah Bernhardt Cakes, and
  • as our grand finale Risalamande, a very traditional holiday flaming cherry dessert that includes a little game with prizes.

Of course all will be served with a fine selection of premium teas. Sounds lovely doesn’t it? You’ll find nothing else like it for the holidays. We look forward to sharing a hygge afternoon.

Offered each Friday and Sunday,
December 1st thru December 31st
with two seatings each day
11:00~1:00 & 2:30~4:30
Closed Sunday the 24th