I put out the call for our Homies to send us their holiday decorations. Damnit, I want to see how y'all offbeat the holidays. And WOW did I get some amazing peeks into your homes. We've got alien-head tree-toppers, Mid-century Christmanukkah decor, beer ornaments, and trees that are both sideways AND upside down!
This is Offbeat Home's archive of hanukkah posts.
I've taken the interwebs to find some of my favorite non-sucky holiday tunes. A lot of them are so non-overdone that they're songs you may not have ever heard before from artists you've never heard of. And some of them are songs you've heard a lot, but from artists that make them sound new again. Grab a cup of cider and have a listen…
I celebrated the first night of Hanukkah with my bestest buddies, both Jewish and gentile. Now most of you might remember that I am kitchen-challenged. So I was shocked when my friend Kimmy told me that she would be putting me in charge of making the chocolate dreidel treats a la freaking Martha Stewart. Homies, you'll be so proud: with a LOT of coaching and hand-holding, I made the chocolate marshmallow dreidel and, therefore, so can you!
This colorful, modern take on the Hanukkah menorah is great for small spaces, and crafts up very quickly. Tissue paper lends a beautiful mosaic look.
Holiday shoppers, stop stressing: Offbeat Home has gotchu covered this year. All this week we'll be bringing you helpful Homie shopping guides. First up: gifts for people you like but don't know that well. This can be co-workers, perhaps a couple of in-laws, what about your trainer or tutor? These things will please EVERYONE, and make you look like you give a shit about 'ol what's-his-name.
I'd love to get some ideas for non-Christmas-holiday decorations. DIY would be especially treasured. Something more winter solstice-based…or really just not anything overly Santa Claus/presents/Christian-centered.
I am really awful at bringing details together, and I would love some offbeat advice!
Oh, you probably already know Gemvara, right? They're a longtime sponsor of the Offbeat Empire, and you might have seen posts about them on Offbeat Bride or Offbeat Mama in months past.
But today? Right here? Right now? I'm here to dig through their Holiday gift guide to find some of my favorite goodies that I think Homies might adore. I'mma focus on their more affordable stuff, because if I know anything about my Homies, I know that y'all dream big, but shop small. Let's do this thing.
How do you create a sense of community with a group of people who aren't forced to put up with each other? If you're creating your own chosen family, this post will help you get through the holidays a little more warmly.
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