Did you know the Swedish have a specific word for staying home on a Friday night? Of course they do; it’s called Fredagsmys, and it sounds amazing.
If you have found that the pressure to be a party animal once the weekend arrives has gradually become less and less appealing, then Fredagsmys may be the ideal antidote.
Scheduling a night of Friday cosiness is the perfect pastime to introduce to your end-of-the-week agenda when you are feeling worldweary.
Luckily, and rather aptly, it requires little more than grabbing a few blankets and snacks and settling down in front of the television with those you love. Follow these tips to create your own cosy Friday night in, the Swedish way.
- The first main requirement to ensure you are doing Fredagsmys right, lies in creating a mysig (pleasant) environment. This word implies a broad sense of contentment and evokes anything that affords us a feeling of comfort and warmth. A mysig atmosphere can therefore easily be created with low lighting, candles, cushions and blankets for that extra element of cosiness. The idea is to create a sacred space where you can snuggle, or mysa, in absolute comfort.
- While one could in theory do Fredagsmys by themselves, it is far preferable for Swedes to share these cosy evenings with those they care about – but who this might be is up to you. Everyone can enjoy Fredagsmys whether they are a family or a group of friends.
- Oddly enough, one meal that has become synonymous with Fredagsmys is the humble taco. This delightful cultural fusion sees the relaxed pace of a Scandinavian evening combined with the ease of a much-loved Mexican delicacy. So, while you might be tempted to simply order a pizza – a completely valid option for an authentic Fredagsmys – if you want to make your evening that bit more special and intentional you might consider preparing this simple meal with friends. Gather some delicious ingredients for an easy-to-throw-together feast of fresh and tasty tacos to accompany your evening of staying cosy at home.
- To sustain your evening of Fredagsmys you will likely want some great television to watch. What better viewing material then, than a box set of any one of the brilliantly gritty crime drama series to have emerged from Scandinavia over the years? You will also want to equip yourself with a range of salty and sweet snacks including crisps, popcorn and candy to nibble on as your Friday night unfolds in blissful repose.
And there you have it: Fredagsmys, a wonderful way to legitimatise the joyful luxury of lounging at home.