I grew up in the UK and moved to Sydney, Australia after I met my (now) husband - he brought me back for a "visit" and I never went back. We now have a hectic (happy) house with a 4yo, 5yo and 8yo.
I had the best childhood - I have memories of big family lunches/ brunches, walks on the beach, family holidays, Sunday game night. Moving away from my family was one of the saddest times, but I knew I wanted to have that same feeling for our own little family.
Having always had the entrepreneurial bug, I was sitting feeding my 3rd newborn, (knowing I didn't want to go back to working in a corporate workplace) and came up with my first product idea. With Christmas coming, it reminded me of how wonderful it was growing up in England with all my family around me and the traditions we grew up with - real Christmas trees, making gingerbread, mulled wine, stockings on the fireplace, walking to church in the freezing cold on Christmas Eve - it really was a magical time.
Christmas is different now (more like 40 degrees than -4), but I still want it to be as full of memories for my kids as it was for me. There are so many great ideas out there on how to create special family memories over the festive period, but I want a tradition that built excitement over the month of December - something that involved the whole family.
So, four years ago I made our first family advent calendar and the next year started making them for family and friends. In 2017, I started my little business Hyggehaus, with my first product being a beautiful solid wood Advent Calendar, with the idea of giving other families the opportunity to create their own Christmas traditions.
It is amazing seeing our customers get as much enjoyment out of them as we have. Whether the calendars are filled with chocolate, toys, activity cards or acts of kindness notes – nothing can beat the Christmas magic created when a family gets behind a heart warming tradition.
Our mission is to give people the opportunity to surround themselves with things they love, create family memories and bring the family together.