There’s A Word That Means ‘Getting Drunk At Home In Your Underwear’

by Valerie Williams
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Finland just made our default evening activity sound way fancier

Bet you had no idea your evening mom ritual of drinking without pants on was considered some kind of trendy European thing, yet, here we are. Finland has a sexy word to describe the time-honored tradition of sipping wine half-naked on the couch, and you probably won’t be able to pronounce it, but that’s ok.

Luckily, you don’t need to be able to say kalsarikannit to kalsarikannit.

Last year, the buzzword for doing relaxing shit at home instead of going out where there’s people (shudder) was hygge. According to The Chicago Tribune, hygge is the Danish word for “finding coziness in everyday life.” That sounds nice, but what in the hell could be more cozy than drinking wine in your bra? That’s why hygge is out, and kalsarikannit is in.

Pronounced cal-sar-y-cuhn-eet (as if that will help me say it), Finland’s tourism board says kalsarikannit is, “the feeling when you are going to get drunk home alone in your underwear with no intention of going out.”

Oh. So pretty much a mom’s all-the-fucking-time feeling? Woke up this morning and discovered I’m Finnish. So exotic.

Our friends across the pond are truly on to something in giving an official name to the best possible way to spend our time. Why go out in the bad, bad world when you can catch up on Netflix in your comfy undies that you bought with Kohl’s cash and drink a bunch of Two Buck Chuck?

It’s not every day that us parents are at the very forefront of a trend, but kalsarikannit is basically our time to shine. After all, who’s better at making a whole night out of lounging around pantless and drinking cheap wine on the couch than parents? Babysitters are expensive as fuck and leaving the house requires actual clothing. (Lack of) money and wearing pants are the natural enemies of moms, so kalsarikannit it is.

We don’t quite know if kalsarikannit is a noun or a verb, but honestly, does it matter? We’re pantless and getting our buzz on and we are here for it. Life is good. It’s so nice of Finland to lend some credibility to our relaxing nights in sans clothing.

Cheers and hope you’re all kalsarikannit-ing the hell out of this weekend.