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6 Ways to Make Your Street Festive These Holidays

The holidays are all about fun, family and of course food! But it can be a stressful or isolating time for some. With a few simple ideas and gestures, it is easy to get your neighbourhood together and bring some joy to your street. From lights and decorations, to parties and the invaluable act of giving, there is something each of us can do to make this silly season memorable. Connect with those around you and make your street jolly these holidays!


DECORATE, DECORATE, DECORATE!

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Deck the halls! Invite your neighbours to collaborate and have a Christmas decoration extravaganza. Choose a date by which houses should be decorated and agree on a ‘lights out’ time. Create a street-common decoration, like matching door wreaths or Christmas signs for your gardens. Lighting up your street will attract sight-seers, encourage socialisation and comradery and is a great way for getting the kids involved. See if your council runs a Christmas Lights Competition - you might just be in the running to win!


 

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SEND YOUR NEIGHBOURS CHRISTMAS CARDS

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Spread the holiday spirit by sending a card to each of your neighbours. Although card-giving is seen as a chore for most, it doesn’t have to be. A simple, yet personal gesture, it is a lovely way to get in touch with those living close by. If you lack the time to craft your own, purchase a pack of Charity Christmas cards – a gift that keeps on giving. Drop a card in each letterbox, or hand-deliver it to their door for the chance to say hello.


 

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ORGANISE A STREET PARTY

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Throw a family-friendly Christmas or Hanukkah party to celebrate joy and getting through another year of (hopefully) peaceful neighbourhood living! Despite being the busiest time of year, it’s the perfect occasion to reconnect with others and who better than with those next door? Thanks to balmy summer evenings, you can host the party in the late afternoon and welcome everyone to a grassy backyard or enclosed area like a cul-de-sac. Ask neighbours to bring a plate or some meat for a barbecue and let the frivolity ensue!


 

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ORGANISE A STREET CAROLS NIGHT 

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Do your neighbours have talent? Find out by organising a street carols night, whether that means attending the local Carols by Candlelight together or jamming on your own. There is bound to be a pianist or two in your street, and with a few unhinged voices you can bust out your favourite carols. Whether its Silent Night or Feliz Navidad, we all have that one Christmas song we can’t help but sing along to…


 

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GIVE TO OXFAM UNWRAPPED

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While your community may be having an indulgent, opulent feast this Christmas, other communities around the world may not. Ask your neighbours to donate their spare change to put towards a charity gift card, such as Oxfam Unwrapped. They help to transform the lives of people living in poverty by providing education, clean water and other life-changing essentials. Just $52 will grow a veggie garden, while $39 will provide a family with a goat; both worthwhile renewable resources.


 

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CHECK IN ON YOUR NEIGHBOURS

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The holidays are all about giving and sharing, so it is invaluable to recognise those in need. Offer a helping hand this December - bake your neighbour some Christmas treats if they don’t have the time, help them clean the house or invite them around for a cup of tea. Having a moment of relaxation or one less task to tackle alone could be just the thing your neighbour needs. Showing someone you care can make a difference this Christmas.



How do you help to make your street jolly? Let us know in the comments section below!

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