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Winter Walks

Gökotta is the Swedish word for waking early, stepping outside, and listening to the first birdsong. Isn’t that a lovely practice? To take a moment each morning—before checking our phone, reading the paper, and thinking about any of the pressing…

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Merry Making

There are days we’re content to experience winter from the more hospitable side of the window. Big, plump flakes are gorgeous, but inevitably damp. A bright, crystal-clear day is absolutely spectacular! But the frigid cold will nip your nose as…

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Tomten Spirit

Tomten Spirit

As the year comes to a close, we cast our minds back over the countless little bits of luck and serendipity that have fortified us, encouraged us, and helped us to keep moving forward. These small moments of peace and…

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An Affinity for Iceland

What is so fascinating about Iceland? An island nation at the edge of the Arctic Circle, Iceland is known for its long, dark winters, active volcanoes, thermal baths, and warm, colorwork sweaters. At once forbidding and romantic, it’s easy to…

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Happy Hygge

The lighting of a candle. A quiet meal with friends. Decorating the tree. Knitting for an hour each evening. The contented feeling kindled by each of these small rituals is the essence of ‘hygge,’ (pronounced, roughly, hoo-guh, it’s now in…

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