You may already incorporate fika into your daily routine, but if not, you ought to try it out. As it is explained in "Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break,"
“Functioning as both a verb and a noun, the concept of fika is simple. It is the moment that you take a break, often with a cup of coffee, but alternatively with tea, and find a baked good to pair with it. You can do it alone, you can do it with friends. You can do it at home, in a park or at work. But the essential thing is that you do it, that you make time to take a break: that’s what fika is all about.”
To help you experience fika, Other Brother Coffeebar will have a special pies from 12 to 4pm! And, they'll highly encourage you to slow down and take a break.
Get your friends or just show up for game night at Vinic Wine with games provided by Evanston Games & Cafe. Vinic Wine has a cozy cafe area and lounge chairs that are perfect for wine, cheese and games. FREE to attend but purchase of drinks and food is highly recommended!
VInic Wine is located at 1509 Chicago Ave.
Interested in learning how to put together a cozy floral arrangement? FlowersFlowers will show you how. Each participant will design and take home a spring time garden-y arrangement, in a small vase, to bring the garden feel indoors. Joanne Leiman, owner of FlowersFlowers, and her team will lead the class in the cozy shop. BYOB.
The workshop costs $50 and includes the vase and flowers and one hour of instruction. Call 847-328-7110 to reserve your spot! Limited to 10 people.
Kick off the week-long Hygge Fest with a gathering at Bookends & Beginnings to learn more about Hygge while enjoying warm beverages. Anne Petersen will lead a discussion about the Danish concept of hygge and ways to incorporate hygge into your day-to-day life. Bookends & Beginnings will showcase a selection of books on hygge and have a few other hygge items available. The presentation starts at 4pm. Come get cozy!
About Anne Petersen
Anne Petersen (they/them) spent a year in Denmark, learning Danish and enjoying the welcoming hygge of the historic seaport of Køge, a town just south of Copenhagen on the island of Sjælland. Anne’s father was born in Denmark, and they have many historic relatives from Køge, including a few that lived in the oldest half-timbered house still standing in Denmark there, which was built in 1527. Once hygge started becoming popular in the US and UK, Anne started taking every opportunity to talk about what hygge is like in action in its home milieu.
Bookends & Beginnings is located at 1712 Sherman Ave., entrance in the alley.
Get cozy and creative in The Snug Room - the cozy private room at Celtic Knot Public House. Ayla's Originals will lead a jewelry making class to make a bracelet. No experience necessary...just a willingness to create and have fun! Tickets are $25 and include materials, instruction and a beverage. Other food and drink sold separately.
Celtic Knot Public House is located at 626 Church St.
Uncle Dan's can help you get cozy in many ways--fleeces, sweaters, socks, thermals, hats and more, so you stay warm when the outside temps are freezing.
Hygge is also about embracing winter and getting outside, which Uncle Dan's can help with, too. The store has invited Merrell to demonstrate Merrell's Arctic Grip Technology, a special cold weather gripping system. Plus, they'll offer a gift with purchase (insulated Merrell tumblers), other freebies, and run a raffle for a free pair of Merrell shoes with the Arctic Grip. Coffee and hot chocolate available, too!
And, if that isnt' enough, Uncle Dan's will have some Fjallraven beanies for a gift with purchase and a raffle for a free Men's Greenland Down No. 1 jacket or Women's Kiruna Parka. Talk about getting cozy.
Uncle Dan's is located at 1600 Sherman Ave.
2-3pm | When She Had Wings: Theatre and Stem Event
NU's Imagine U Theater wills hare a scene from their upcoming play When She Had Wings, about a young girl who dreams of flight and idolizes Amelia Earhart. Then work with your elementary school student to do some quick challenges that will enhance you knowledge of flight technology. More info here.
The Evanston Public Library is hosting a storytime to help families experience hygge together!
6:30-7:15pm | Family Storytime and Craft: Hygge time
Come hear cozy stories read by Ms. Martha and make family love notes together. For older kids, they'll be some candle-making supplies (no heat). Registration is not necessary; just come at 6:30pm. Feel free to wear pj's or other cozy warm clothes! More info here.
Come hear Monica Isaac, a family, marriage and individual counselor, talk about how to Hygge your relationships and enjoy snacks and hot cocoa.
Not satisfied with your relationships? Come learn about Hygge, a Danish concept difficult to translate in English, that is quickly becoming a trend in America. Why are Danes considered the happiest people in the world according to the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark? At its core it is about intimacy and trust in relationships. In practice it includes warm lighting and good food. Intrigued? Join us as we look at the practices and the psychology behind hygge and how it could change your life for the better in 2019.
The talk takes place at Industrious Evanston, 909 Davis St., Ste. 500. Event is free but please RSVP at link below.
Walking into dragonfly-df is a hygge experience with all the cozy home decor, candles, comfy clothes and simple styles. From February 16-22 the store is offering 20% off Capri Blue candles and Fairbault throws to help you add more hygge to your life.