Gemutlichkeit: (noun) warm friendliness; coziness, comfortableness. The word comes from German word gemutlich (comfortable, cozy). Earliest documented use: 1892.
If “troth” made me think of John Standring, this word made me think of a certain tall, lanky handsome stranger with a penchant for striped jumpers.
I think of the warmth of that dazzling smile with which he greets the vicar and Alice on their visit to Sleepy Cottage; of his sweet and sunny personality and how good it must be to cuddle with someone like Mr. Kennedy.
Harry exudes gemutlichkeit.
I can easily imagine a cold winter’s eve, curling up beneath a quilt on a comfy sofa in front of a cozy fire, head resting on one broad and reliable jumper-clad shoulder, listening to Harry read aloud in that delicious chocolate voice . . .
I hope you find some gemutlichkeit in your life this holiday season, my friends.