As the New Year’s celebrations end, standard resolutions quickly come to mind. They may include getting back on track with fitness goals or gaining better control of your finances. But this year, why not keep Norway at the heart of your New Year’s resolutions? To help get you started, here a few ways you can add a little more Norway to your daily life.
Hygge (HIG-geh) is the feeling of coziness, togetherness and taking comfort in life’s simple pleasures. It’s all about centering yourself, spending time with loved ones and being present. Start with a steaming cup of tea, a lit candle, warm socks and a good book, and feel your stress diminish in the New Year!
Learning another language can be a great way to connect to your heritage and its people. Start by setting small goals throughout the year like learning the Norwegian alphabet or how to count to 10. Maybe try learning a Norwegian song or lullaby, or even choose your favorite song in English and relearn the lyrics in Norwegian.
Master a Cultural Skill or Earn a Sports Medal
Try completing a Norwegian cultural skill or folk art project like rosemåling, folk dance or hardanger embroidery this year. Or, embrace the winter outdoors with a personal challenge to earn a sports medal. With a Sons of Norway membership, you get full access to our Cultural Skills and Sports Medal Programs.
Learn to Cook your Favorite Norwegian Dish
Breakfast, lunch or dinner; try adding a little Norwegian flare to your menus this year. Making something you’ve never had before or master your favorite dish. For inspiration, check out Sons of Norway’s online recipe box.
Research Your Family Roots
Whether you’re deep in your research or just starting out, learning about your family’s genealogy is a great way to stay connected to your Norwegian roots. Making small goals like organizing your information, interviewing older relatives or computerizing your data can help you manage the work load and stay connected to your heritage all year long.
From all of us at Sons of Norway, have a fabulous 2019!