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Nordic term "Hygge" helps Wisconsinites battle winter blues

Posted at 6:03 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 19:03:31-05

MILWAUKEE/RACINE — The early blast of cold and snow got you down? There might be a secret to getting you through the long Wisconsin winter.

In this kind of cold, some people still work and play. Students decorated the holiday trees at Cathedral Square in downtown Milwaukee.

"Today we're out celebrating our honor roll students, doing positive things," said Washington High School student Latrelle Johnson.

"I'm prepared," said Clement Avenue School fifth grader Zachary Gonzales. "I'm wearing snow boots and snow pants and a jacket."

If this cold isn't for you, people of Nordic heritage have a secret for getting through the winter. It's called "Hygge."

"You probably had that feeling yourself, when you've been in a place where you're warm and comfortable and with friends and great conversation, and you think an hour has gone by but it's really been three hours because it's that good," said Eric Olesen. "And that's Hygge."

That's the feeling Olesen promotes at O&H Danish Bakery in Racine. He says Hygge is more than about embracing the cold, it's also about taking on the day.

"Welcome the day, welcome the moment, don't push it away, embrace and take what its willing to give you," Olesen said. "Today we have cold weather outside, we have the warm sun. We have places we can go to be that are much more cozy than maybe the bitterness of outside."