Spreading Cheer This Holiday Season

Madewell Fringe Cardigan, Teleflora Love Out Loud - Spreading Cheer This Holiday Season by Washington DC blogger Alicia Tenise

While I love the holiday season, I have to admit: sometimes I just need to take a step back and think about what the season is all about.

It’s easy to get caught up with the holiday parties, finding the right gift, and creating your wishlists. However, one of the best things about the holidays is that you can show your friends and loved ones that you care. Here are a few things that I’m doing this year to spread the holiday cheer to those around me.
Spreading Holiday Cheer with Teleflora - Spreading Cheer This Holiday Season by Washington DC blogger Alicia Tenise

Send Holiday Cards

This can sound incredibly cliche. However, I always mail out cards to my friends and family across the country. I write a personal note on every single card I send out telling each recipient how much I appreciate them this year. I’ve had a lot of friends move across the country over the last few years, and while I might not get to see them on a regular basis, I always try to keep in touch via snail mail.

The National Mall Best Views - Spreading Cheer This Holiday Season by Washington DC blogger Alicia Tenise
Teleflora Love Out Loud Wall in Washington D.C. - Spreading Cheer This Holiday Season by Washington DC blogger Alicia Tenise
Send a Suprise Delivery of Flowers

If there’s one thing I’m a sucker for, it’s a beautiful bouquet of flowers. I like to send flowers to folks in my life just because — if my mom’s having a tough week, I’ll order a bouquet over to her work. When my friend helped me find my new apartment, I send over some blooms as a way to say thank you. Whenever I collaborate with a brand on an awesome blog project, I like to send flowers as a way to say thank you!

I visited Teleflora’s Love Out Loud Wall in Washington, D.C. last week, and it was a stunning concept: there was a wall of bouquets, and anyone could go up to the wall and snag their own holiday flowers. As time went on and more people picked up the flowers, the wall turned clear and read “Love Out Loud.”

It was a beautiful afternoon seeing folks from all walks of life go up and enjoy the wall and a reminder that a bouquet could lighten up someone’s day!

Wall Bouquet of Flowers Event Washington D.C. - Spreading Cheer This Holiday Season by Washington DC blogger Alicia Tenise

Donate to Charity & Women’s Shelters

I receive a lot of beauty samples as a blogger, and there’s no way for me to use them all. I like donating my unused beauty products to my local women’s shelter as a way to give back, and I’m always cleaning out my (small!) closet and giving away my gently worn clothing to charities rather than consignment shops. I am thankful to be fortunate enough to have access to a plethora of clothing and beauty products, and it’s nice to give back!

Teleflora Holiday Bouquet - Spreading Cheer This Holiday Season by Washington DC blogger Alicia Tenise

Pay It Forward

One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is showing kindness to a complete stranger. It’s as easy as paying for someone else’s coffee order that’s behind you in line or giving a stranger a smile and a compliment to lighten up their day. I think we all can be overly consumed with our daily lives, but a small amount of kindness to other people goes a long way!

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Photos by Anna Meyer. Thank you to Teleflora for partnering with me on today’s holiday season cheer post! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. Jenn Wang wrote:

    I love your holiday spirit! Those flowers are absolutely gorgeous. <3


    Posted 12.6.17 Reply
  2. Ruthie Ridley wrote:

    What beautiful flowers and great ideas!! Love paying it forward!!

    Posted 12.6.17 Reply
  3. Jenny wrote:

    These are such great ideas! I plan on donating to a charity this winter.

    Posted 12.6.17 Reply
  4. shellypeterson wrote:

    It’s great to pay it forward. We donate toys to toys for tots every year. We love to decorate the tree while listening to Christmas music and drinking egg nog and cocoa.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

    Posted 12.6.17 Reply
  5. I love this post and all these are great ideas to pay it forward! You look so beautiful in these pics , Have a very blessed season!

    Posted 12.6.17 Reply
  6. The flower message wall is so fun. 🙂 I like paying it forward, too. That’s one of my favorite ways to put a smile on someone’s face (anytime of year — not just during the holidays).

    Posted 12.7.17 Reply
  7. Kellymcgrew wrote:

    My favorite holiday tradition is picking out a Christmas tree over Thanksgiving weekend!

    Posted 12.10.17 Reply
  8. susitravl wrote:

    We have so many fun traditions, and one of my favorites is waking up on Christmas morning, starting a fire in the fireplace, eating breakfast together (always baked blueberry french toast), thenopening stockings in front of the fire.

    Posted 12.10.17 Reply
  9. Jacqueline wrote:

    I always dress my dog up and we do a ridiculous photoshoot for the holidays.

    Posted 12.11.17 Reply
  10. Natalie wrote:

    My favorite tradition is baking and decorating a gingerbread house as a family!

    Posted 12.11.17 Reply
  11. latanya t wrote:

    we wear matching pj’s as a family.

    Posted 12.11.17 Reply
  12. Diane wrote:

    my favorite tradition is making hot coco and driving around looking at the lights

    Posted 12.12.17 Reply
  13. Rust wrote:

    My favorite tradition is baking Christmas goodies to share, from family recipes.

    Posted 12.15.17 Reply
  14. Kimberly H wrote:

    fav tradition is going to my grandma’s house and prepping and cooking christmas dinner. along with opening gifts from one another 🙂

    Posted 12.15.17 Reply
  15. My entire family gets together Christmas Eve for a lasagna dinner. It is nice to catch up, also gift sharing.

    Posted 12.15.17 Reply
  16. Christy Peeples DuBois wrote:

    Doing kind deeds for others is one way that always gets me out of myself. I love your message and the beautiful flowers.
    I so enjoy both of my daughters being home for Christmas when we have our meal and open gifts. The older they get the harder it is to all be together. And I just have two children.
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

    Posted 12.19.17 Reply