My friend Jen from Gilding Lilies has launched her second annual Guerrilla Holiday. It is a fantastic idea of spreading the holiday cheer through random acts of kindness. I'm going to let her explain the concept:
Last year I decided to do a Guerrilla Holiday, and I want to do it again this year, and I'm hoping you will want to join me. Here is the idea. Have you ever heard of Guerrilla Artist's? Basically, they are artists that make art and install, preform, or attach it to public spaces, with the intention of affecting the world in a creative and thought provoking way (to paraphrase Keri Smith). These installations are often anonymous, and very unique. Do a web search for "guerrilla art" and you will see many wonderful examples. My idea is to remove some of the hype from the holiday and remind people of the simple joy of kindness. I think we all get so wrapped up in the stress of the season, we sometimes forget about small ways we can feel, and spread joy. I'm talking about some random acts of giving. Tiny stuff, sweet stuff, unexpected stuff. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Decorate a public and unexpected object. Put a handmade greeting card on a strangers windshield. If your a crafter, make something small, and stick it in a neighbors mailbox. Go for a walk and stick a single shiny ornament on every tree that you pass. Tie a pretty tag, with a few kind words, on somebodies trash can (won't that just freak them out!). One of my readers tucked handmade beaded bookmarks in library books. There are a million possibilities. Make a sticker or a sign. Do you have something to say about the holiday season? Well, this is your chance! Won't you join me? I am really excited to see what you do. Send me some pictures, or tell me some stories, and I will try to post many of them on my blog at http://gildingliliesjournal.blogspot.com/. Spread the word, and take a Guerrilla Holiday Button. Let's see what we can do. This is going to be fun!
I can't wait to get started and put the focus on something besides shopping this season and I'm really hoping you'll join in the fun. I want you to participate so badly I'm willing to resort to bribery. Anyone who takes up the challenge, then emails me (see side bar for email address) with their story will receive my Best of 2010 mix - which is guaranteed to include at least one Ray LaMontagne song: