What is "hygge"?
And how long will it take for American consumerism to ruin it?
For extra credit: are kittens and puppies hyggelige? Or only long-time family-member cats and dogs? And if so, which? with reasoned answers.
"hygge" is a kind of contentment that steals over you when you have a feeling of being anchored in a cosy moment, where people are agreeable and everything is alright for the time being. If that includes having a purring cat on your lap, then the cat is also part of the "hygge".
The British have a reputation for being animal lovers. There was a Royal Society for the Protection of Animals before there was one for children.
Look at the books they are raised on: Beatrix Potter (Peter Rabbit et al.), Black Beauty, The Wind in the Willows, The Jungle Book, the Just So Storiies, Lassie Come-Home, ... The animals are not cute, they're morally superior to most of the humans in them.
So, are children hyggelige?
I am not Danish, but I would bet if I took a Dane out on skis on a frozen over lake in the sunlight, dug out sofas in the snow, made a fire in the middle and then grilled some hot dogs and washed them down with hot chocolate spiked with rum, they would be hard pressed to not agree the whole experience was pretty hygge.
Do correct me if I'm wrong.