The end of the year holidays focus a great deal on spending time with family, hanging out with close friends, and being around people you see once a year. Much time is spent sharing festive meals 🦃 and indulging in drinks with those we love.
I just love this time of year.
Everyone rushes around fitting in one more shopping trip so they can knock another gift off their list and help create beautiful memories of giving the perfect present. When you think about it, the Spirit of Giving is at the heart of holidays like Christmas 🎄 and Hanukkah 🕎 .
Around the end of the year, we all have some Charlie Brown in us and want to help others and be giving spirits.
Don't you feel a little better inside when you help someone out in need? 💚
This holiday season proves challenging because adhering to safety rules related to COVID-19 forces us to change or cancel a lot of our traditions, but have no fear! We have some ideas for how to honor the giving spirit of the holidays.
Adopt a Shelter Pet
Pick a shelter that needs donations and round up your neighbors to adopt it. Shelters that serve the homeless, domestic violence victims or children can always use help. Consider an animal shelter 🐶🐱 to help make the holidays better for some furry friends!
Contact your neighbors by phone or through a neighborhood app like NextDoor and put the word out that you are collecting items for the shelter you selected. Tell them they can drop off donations on your front porch 🏡 on certain days or pre-arranged times and you will take it from there.
You might be surprised how many people want to help out! A giving spirit is contagious. Once you’ve done a drop-off, reward yourself with a freshly packed glass smoking bowl.
Enjoy Drive-by Decorations
While the pandemic has isolated a lot of us in our homes, taking a drive still provides a fun way to get out of the house. Load up the car 🚗 with your family or housemates and drive around your neighborhood at night and enjoy the festive lighted decorations people display.
Make a project of decorating your own house and front yard so others can enjoy it. Traditional holiday decorations are a crowd-pleaser but if that’s not your scene, let your imagination run wild.
Pick a theme like your city’s favorite sports team 🏈, zoo animals or a classic film like “Star Wars”. Stuffing our high-quality rolling papers with your favorite green companion can be quite the creative inspiration!
Use Technology to Express Yourself
Our laptops, tablets and smartphones allow a variety of tech choices to help pass along a holiday message of giving. Record a video of yourself telling someone how you feel about them. You can get sloppy sentimental for Grandma 👵 or silly and warm for your BFF.
Create a playlist for someone who loves music 🎸. Share it on a digital music service or even go old school and burn a CD! Include songs that make you think of them and ones by artists they might enjoy discovering. Remember that using your smoke box subscription can make the music sound that much sweeter!
Put Wishes for a Happy New Year in the Spotlight
Making New Year's Resolutions this year will be unlike any year before. Social distancing makes it difficult to spend time with your favorite people.
Release the genie 🧞 from the bottle and come up with a list of what things you hope to happen for the people you care about. Write down your wish list and send it via text, email or even snail mail, if you can find a stamp!
A written list of the good things you wish to happen to a family member, friend or classmate in 2021 can be just the sweet gesture someone needs this holiday.
Give the Gift of a Smokers Subscription Box
If you’re like us, you have friends you know would appreciate a Me Time Box full of ways to enjoy their green goodies. You can send them a one time box or go full Buddy the Elf 🧝 and give them a monthly subscription!
If money is tight this year, consider divvying up your own monthly smokers box among friends. The generous supply of items in each box means you can help light up a loved one’s holiday with a new way to enjoy their leaf. You can then all meet up for a virtual smoke sesh and show off your cool new RAW cones, bongs, chillums and other merch.
New Years Day
Come the last day of this very odd year, we will all think about the hardships we endured and plans that went awry because of the pandemic. If you allow this to become your focus, it puts you at risk of beginning the new year full of stress and nobody wants that.
While we cannot control certain aspects of our lives, we can control how we react and adapt. As we move into 2021, remember to take the time to give to those in need. At the same time, remember to bestow a giving spirit on yourself. Allow for low moments and reach for high ones. We will get through this and continue to Live Better, Every Day.