The Holidays are here!
2020 has been one of the most disruptive years of the century, so why not make this coming holiday one to remember.
Here are some fun ideas to help you navigate the holidays with a festive spirit despite all the constraints of life in 2020.
1.) First of all - Let's start with a clean palette - take a few hours to clean up your main living space. If you find yourself with a bunch of odds and ends that you really don't need consider a donation to a local shelter. Many of them accept donations of basics like clean blankets and other household necessities. Locally there is Mary's Home, Opportunity House & Hope Rescue or google homeless shelters in your area. - HSFT!
2.) Get Organized - Don't be a last minute shopper, let's make this holiday be packed with meaning instead of $$$. Start by making a list of the people you want to give something to. With Black Friday/ Cyber Monday sales starting earlier this year it's easy to just buy stuff. But to make this season more festive, giving gifts with meaning is really where it's at. That is why I have created a fun Holiday Gift Guide to help people find something with the Have Some Fun Today spirit. We have little gifts to big gifts for all ages, genders, sizes & budgets.- HSFT!
3.) Create Some Fun Activities - Ok, so I'm not a baker or a crafter and I don't even do a very good job lighting a fire with wood in my fireplace, but I think this year I'm going to be adventurous and HSFT with a few group holiday activities.
a.) Ornament making - After googling DIY ornament making ideas I saw so many fun ways to spend an afternoon with my daughters, mom and nieces making customized ornaments. My favorite one was an easy tutorial on painted ornaments with a touch of copper metallic trim. -HSFT!
b.) Baking something naughty but healthy - I know, I'm so boring because I really don't crave or eat sweets, but this holiday I think it would be fun to select a cool and yummy recipe to make together. Like the Carrot Cake I saw on the Goop Instagram page that is gluten-free, dairy-free , soy-free and supposedly tastes great! I am dying to make this over the holidays with the help of my girls and mom.- HSFT!
c.) Creative Wrapping Party - This sounds like so much fun to me:) Over the covid 19 lockdown my girls and I got into painting and all kinds of artsy endeavors. So rather than the boring & expensive traditional wrapping paper, I think it would be fun to create original and artistic wrapping for the gifts we give this year. Purchase some plain white or brown craft paper or even use the newspaper as the base. Pull out the acrylic paints and even add a little glitter to make your wrapping paper customized to the person you are gifting. HSFT!
4.) Be A Secret Santa: Make a list of 5 -10 people you want to surprise with a little holiday Secret Santa gift... To me this doesn't have to be reciprocated or planned. One of the things I find joyful is giving gifts. You don't need to spend more than $10-15 gift, put it inside one of the crafty little gift bags you are going to make, add a little piece of a fir tree sprig along with a sweet and kind note. A little HSFT item would be ideal :) - the feeling you will receive spreading some love is worth it!- HSFT
5.) Holiday Playlist Perfection: Whether it is classic Holiday tunes or mixing genres, I think it could be a lot of fun to create some holiday playlists and share them with your friends. After all these next two months are going to be a lot of nights in with the fam and we want to make this memorable, so it's gonna take some effort and planning. Whether your into AppleMusic, or Amazon Music and the featured holiday playlists or if you love creating your own on Spotify or do the Pandora thing- music is a backdrop for memories and good moments shared. -HSFT!
6.) Give Back - For anyone who can give their time to a soup kitchen over the holidays here is a link for you to check out no matter where you live. With all that has happenned this year, more people are homeless and hungry than ever before. Please consider doing something. You can find out how to go in person to volunteer, or you can make a monetary donation online or also visit the organizations Amazon wishlist to order supplies they need like underwear, shampoo, fresh socks and clean new tee shirts. Do Something. Do what you can - It feels good. - HSFT!
7.) Write a note to each member of your family on Christmas Day. I have done this for years for my family and I feel it is truly the best gift to share with people what they mean to you and why. Now more than ever, family- if you have one; needs to be valued and appreciated. What a wonderful gift it is to share with others the qualities you cherish about them. Try that this year and feel the joy that brings.- HSFT!
8.) Include someone who needs people around. I know this one may be tricky, but if you can make it work in some way please include someone in some way over the holidays either in your gathering or by bringing something to them. Not everyone has a family or access to them. Sharing some extra love with someone not so fortunate is a great way to spread love and right now the world needs as much love as we can create this 2020.- HSFT!
9.) Show your gratitude. Whether it is a polite thank you, a huge hug or a handwritten thank you note, let's be mindful of saying thanks to each and every person that is part of your holiday celebrations. So often we rip open the gifts and in 10 minutes we are left with a heap of wrapping paper on the floor and a let down feeling. Take the time to watch others receive their gifts, and to enjoy the warm feelings of gift exchange as it is meant to bring. Giving thanks is one way of making the world smile. - HSFT!
10.) Pitch in for the holiday feast preparations and the cleaning up. Why not blast some holiday music as you all do your jobs to make that holiday meal a success? There is nothing more fun to me than when my family is playing some Frank Sinatra and we have our aprons on, champagne flutes clanking, laughter, stories being told and everyone taking part in the cooking and the cleaning up. It's not the girls job, make it an all family endeavor and it will truly be the best holiday ever. - HSFT!
I hope this little list gives you some fresh ideas to making more out of what many will look at as a challenging holiday. Wherever there are challenges, there are also opportunities. Don't forget to use the code 2020 to get an extra 25% off and also look out for our BFCM sale and all other sale events leading up to Christmas and the end of 2020.
"Have Some Fun Today." - Joe Rado
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The holidays can be tricky so make sure you remember to Have Some Fun Today, our boho braided bracelet is a lovely piece of arm candy that won't let you forget it...
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - We are all about seeing the beauty in the everyday here at HSFT, it's our Golden Rule. And while we love this time of year, as fall gives way to holidays and family and celebrations, it can also get a little stressful. We're spending, eating and drinking more than usual, we travel to be with loved ones or open our homes. The hustle and bustle can dilute our "thankfulness" pretty quickly.
So in honor of our mantra, Have Some Fun Today, let's remember to take this first holiday of the season with a sense of mindfulness. Let's really try to "Give Thanks" and appreciate the good and the FUN. We can HSFT our way through the turkey and the stuffing and the cranberry sangria. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Did you know that focused and concentrated breathing can calm you down, remove physical stress from the body and lower your heart rate? Our physical and emotional well being is directly tied to our breath. Try this. Count on your inhale and try to make your exhale the same count. And when the turkey still isn't ready after six hours in the oven and the green bean casserole is burned, just keep breathing.
2) Move Your Body
Your gonna have the pumpkin pie at Aunt Sally's and maybe even try the pecan pie, too. It's tradition! But don't let exercise go by the wayside just because it's the holidays. It keeps you strong and gives you stamina for hosting 28 people in your house for Thanksgiving. And keeps you fitting into that adorbs leather skirt you got on sale.
3) Make Time For Good Friends
Sometimes our holidays are filled with obligations. Not that we don't love seeing cousin Bill every year at the Thanksgiving table. But there's also the go-to posse people that make you laugh, accept you exactly as you are, and always have your back. Sometimes those are friends. Make it a point to connect with them and enjoy a little of the holiday free from obligation. Friendsgiving is real, you should have one.
4) Life hacks. Use them.
We strive to be perfect sometimes in the most unrealistic of ways, especially at the holidays. But there is often a much easier and/or quicker way to do it. No, you do not have to make the piecrust from scratch, there is pre-made. No, you don't have to adorn everyone's place setting with gilded acorns that you're frantically searching for in the yard the night before. And yes, it's okay if you order the honey baked ham because no one in your family really likes the turkey anyway. Something has to give sometimes, just be okay with it. Roll with it. And see tip #1.
5) Let It Go
You know that annoying Disney song about the Ice Princess? Sing it at the top of your lungs every time you wanna freak out, like when you forgot to get the right bread crumbs for you grandmother's stuffing recipe and your cousin's weird boyfriend won't stop talking about his spiritual awakening into the fifth dimension during dinner. Remember, it's just the holidays. And the cold never bothered you anyway...
6) Treat Yo' Self
Do not underestimate the power of the "To me, From me" gift. You deserve a little something, too. (Have you seen our new cashmere HSFT beanie?!) You're generous and kind to those all you love. Be thankful for you!
7) Eat, Drink and Be HSFT
We like to say "Life is what you make it, so make it FUN" at HSFT. And it's true. It's the holidays, so be joyful! Be grateful for all you have. Smile. Put on something that sparkles and makes you feel good and leaves a little room for pumpkin pie. (Our HSFT luxe tees pair nicely with sequins) Clink your glass. Revel in traditions with those you love. And HAVE SOME FUN TODAY. Once today is gone, it's never coming back, so live it with some zest and zing. And give that Thanks until your heart is full...
Written and contributed by HSFT writer and blogger Rebecca J Doubek