Northern Exposure’s Top 5 December Holidays
December is probably the most festive month out of the entire year. We got Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, New Year’s Eve, and Season’s Greetings festivities all wrapped into one month and topped with a squiggly bow. The peppermint mochas are amiss, the stores are lined with garland, Christmas music is on repeat, and everyone’s house is lined with lights that will make their bills skyrocket.
December is a month for giving back to our communities, friends and family. More than ever, sending cards is a great way to put a smile on someone’s face. Here is a list of Northern Exposure’s Top 5 December Holidays perfect to send a card for:
Bake Cookies Day (December 18th)
Thank everyone this holiday season! A batch of homemade cookies are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face! Bake Cookies Day is the perfect time to give back with an appreciated gesture. With recipes for hundreds of options, including gluten-free and vegetarian, cookies fill our homes (and our stomachs) with warm fuzzies. Consider placing your baked goods in a festive tin, taping a bow on top, and adding a card to share who your cookies are from.
Go Caroling Day (December 20th)
Inside Greeting: “Merry Christmas…and all that jazz!”
Singing Christmas carols door to door has been a holiday tradition since 1223. However, it wasn’t until the 19th century when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert that they were heavily influenced by the German Yuletide tradition. Caroling may not be as popular as it used to be, especially because of the pandemic, but imagine sending a greeting card with your favorite holiday song written inside! Not only does it give the card some extra flare, but it shows the recipient how much you were thinking of them!
Christmas (December 25th)
Inside Greeting: “May all your Christmas wishes come true.”
Christmas is the most card-sending holiday, according to The Greeting Card Association. Approximately 1.3 billion cards are sent annually in the United States alone. (The record number of Christmas cards sent by a single person in a year was 62,824! Let’s see you beat that!) Christmas is a great time to share your love and thanks to friends, family, co-workers and employees. You can send your Christmas cards in the mail, attach it to a gift, or even place a gift card inside. (Sometimes cash is just the way to go!) No matter what you do, your recipients will appreciate the effort you went through to wish them a happy holiday!
Kwanzaa (December 26th)
Inside Greeting: “Walking in a winter wonderland.
The name Kwanzaa means ‘first fruits’ in Swahili. Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday, and speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense. Many families celebrate with songs, dancing, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal. For seven nights, a candle is lit on the Kinara. One of the Nguzo Saba (seven principles) is discussed. They are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Wish the ones who celebrate Kwanzaa light, happiness, and peace in the coming year!
New Year’s Eve (December 31st)
Inside Greeting: “Forget salad. Enjoy the holidays”
Forgot to send a Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Season’s Greetings card this season? Never fear! New Year’s Eve is here! The holidays can be a stressful and busy time. Sending New Year’s cards are perfectly acceptable. Wish your family and friends a happy and healthy new year, and maybe even share your resolutions!
Pass on a little laughter by sending some holiday cards today! Follow Northern Exposure on Instagram for more holiday fun, and have a holly-jolly December!