Welcome to the middle of November! Did this month sneak up on anyone else? But here we are – a few days out from Thanksgiving. Does Thanksgiving feel oddly early this year? It does, doesn’t it. Anyway here we are TODAY, the perfect day to start thinking about the holigays, and the meet ups we’re going to host together to celebrate them! HELLO!
Here at Autostraddle Headquarters, we’ve decided the theme of the holigays for 2018 is COZY. It’s been such a cold year; let’s be warm with each other. Every year, we encourage our readers to hold IRL meet-ups to connect with fellow Straddlers around the holigays time. Some of our staff members will also host meet-ups, but we rely heavily on our dedicated and loving community to help make this truly a family affair. It’s always a sweet time.
What could a holigay meet up look like? That’s largely up to you! How exactly would you like to cozy up with a bunch of queers and celebrate the fall and winter holigays? That includes Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, Solstice, and New Year’s Eve. The possibilities are endless!
Here are some ideas: Friendsgiving. A book club where you read An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. A hot chocolate party. A DIY fire cider party. A potluck. A snuggie party. A get together to craft holigay cards. The list goes on. There are so many ways to be cozy. Tell me what you’re envisioning in the comments.
If you want to host a Cozy Holigay Meet-Up, here’s what to do:
+ Decide what you’d like to do, taking accessibility into account and aiming to make it as inclusive an event as possible. Here’s our Meet-Up Resources & FAQ, for guidance and inspiration!
+ If you take and post photos at your event (make sure you get everyone’s consent before posting photos!) tag your ~content~ #holigays2018 so our social media team can see how cute you are and repost your festivities to our accounts!
If you have questions or concerns, please address them in the comments! I’ll babysit this post from now through January 1, 2019 so I’ll be available to answer the questions I can and to help us all have a very nice holigay season together! And if you’re on the fence about hosting a holigay meet-up, DO IT! Who doesn’t love to spend the holigays cozying up with queer family?
Once folks have submitted events I’ll update this post to reflect them, so check back here frequently to see if there’s a cozy Holigay 2018 event happening in your very town / city / galaxy! And if not…I think you should probably host one. You know you want to.