if you’re closeted this holiday season, just think about how one day you and your girlfriend/wife, your husband/boyfriend, or your significant other are going to celebrate the holidays together… you’re gonna drink hot coco and look at lights… have family dinners and kiss on new years… you will love and be loved for who you are and being closeted for your own safety/comfort right now won’t change that. happy holidays :)
*Check your sun sign, moon sign, venus sign, and 5th house*
Aries: active gear, concert tickets, surprise vacation/trip, expensive items, personalized items, intense and striking fashion (bold colors), sneakers or slip ons, face masks and washes
Taurus: books, vintage items, old novels, record players and vinyls, comfy socks, pajamas, sweaters, home decor, art supplies, classic artists merchandise, instruments
Gemini: gift cards, planners, journals, books, new phone/tablet, pens, colored pencils, sketchbooks, small plants, prank gifts
Cancer: movies, snack sets, candy, chocolates, bath and body sets, robes, sweaters, kitchen ware and decor, jewelry, scented candles
Leo: tickets to shows or movies, fancy clothes and jewelry, gift cards for nails, hair, or spa appointments, expensive chocolates and candies, beauty items
Virgo: books, notebooks, planners, personalized items, home and work appliances (such as for cleaning, cooking, etc), electronic devices, pampering kits/sets, phone essentials (chargers, cases, aux cords, earphones)
Libra: beauty items (makeup, hair products, hair straighteners, curling wands, nail polish, brushes), CDs, band/artist merchandise, arts related items (instruments, paintings, music players, sketchbooks, easels)
Scorpio: psychological thriller movies or books, horror movies or books, dark colored fashion, crystals, tarot or oracle decks, pop culture merch
Sagittarius: books (preferably educational books: foreign languages, science, psychology, cooking,etc, basically go off of their interests), tickets to shows, band/artist merchandise, travel kits and travel gear
Capricorn: home essentials (kitchen utensils, home decor, leggings, blankets, bedroom decor), books, wax warmer and melts, dark eyeshadows and lipsticks, massage and spa treatment gift cards
Aquarius: journals, salt lamps, incense, crystals, astronomy/astrology related items, fossils, vintage items, posters, paintings, unique fashion
Pisces: metaphysical or religious items, slippers, boots, soft blankets, cardigans, crystals as jewelry, bath salts and bubbles, perfumes, art supplies
It’s a jolly season, until one of your babies gets their mouth around a plant that won’t treat them well.
Watch out for these plants during the holiday season, no beauty is worth possibly injuring your beloved.
Poinsettia: contains an irritating sap that causes nausea and vomiting
Holly + Mistletoe: harmful leaves and berries, will cause everything from vomiting, to hallucinations, to death
Cyclamen: a winter bloomer, it’s a common gift that can cause vomiting, convulsions, and paralysis
Amaryllis: poinsettia’s competitor, it has Lycorine and other substances that cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and lethargy
Jerusalem Cherry: literally in the nightshade family and will easily kill as it is highly toxic to animals
Lillies + Daffodils: especially harmful to cats, these will cause vomiting, diarrhea, arrhythmias, and convulsions
Fir/Pine/Cedar/etc. Tree: the center of many homes during the holiday season, its oils are irritants, its needles can puncture their insides, and the water bowl is a cesspool of bacteria, mold, and any chemicals used for its creation and preservation. Especially bad if it was covered with a flame retardant.
So, definitely not saying that you shouldn’t decorate with or gift these items, but you know your pet the best. If they’re a chewer, keep an extra eye on them, but, of course, no pretty plant should be worth more than their lives.
Happy Kwanzaa (December 26- January 1). Umoja is about togetherness of family and community. It reminds us that all Black Americans share similar struggles and that we have a duty to help one another and uplift one another. Without unity of our community we wouldn’t have achieved so many amazing things in our history.
Kwanzaa was created by Maulana Karenga in 1966. It was established to help Black Americans reconnect with their African heritage. There are seven principles of Kwanzaa, including Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).
This year I plan to learn as much as I can about Kwanzaa so that I can properly observe it in future years. I’m sure I won’t get my family to jump on board with me lol but one day when I have my own family I want us to observe it. The celebration of Kwanzaa declined among black Americans with the decline of the Black Power Movement. Now I feel like a lot of black people see it as “wack,” but I feel like that’s what America wants us to think. They want us to think our own traditions are boring and lame so that we will adopt and assimilate to theirs. That’s why I want to do my part in making sure this holiday gains visibility. Please REBLOG so we can remind our brothers and sisters about our holiday! ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿🖤❤️💚
Wherever you are, whatever you are celebrating or even if you are not celebrating anything at all. I wish you a really happy holidays, I hope you have a wonderful day, always be happy, and enjoy this time of the year ❣️
Remember, you are not alone, there are people that love you and care about you. I love you even if we haven’t met. Have a splendid day ✨❣️
emoji spell to promote peace and happiness and relieve tension in homes and families for the holiday season!
if you are lgbtq, a child from an abusive home, the family member with different political views, a witch in the broom closet, or simply someone with a family full of struggles, you are valid and loved and i hope you have a wonderful holiday!
It is not celebrated in any African countries, in fact, it is a compilation of different ideals I guess the founder saw while he traveled the continent (im most definitely paraphrasing)
It was founded by Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga who realized that black Americans had no holiday to celebrate besides like Black History Month
The black candle stands for the people, the red candles stand for the blood shed by our ancestors and the green stands for our growth in the future. The flame stands for the bright future our people have
The seven days are Umoja which means Unity 2: Kujichagulia which means self determination 3: Ujima - collective work and responsibility 4: Ujamaa - collective economics 5: Nia - purpose 6: Kumbaa - creativity and 7: Imani - faith
Each piece of the set up has significance and a name. The Bendera (flag) represents the tradition, the mkeka or mat the foundation, the kinara (candle holder) stands for the people, the mishumaa saba (candles) stand for what I mentioned above, then there’s the mazao or a bowl of fruit which stands for the harvest, the vibunzi or muhindi (< plural) (ear of corn) which stands for how ever many children are in the family and the kikombe cha Umoja Which is the Unity cup.
The Bendera or flag holds the same three colors as the candles, red, black and green and represents the blood, people and growth as well.
This holiday was created to uplift and connect and empower the black community. It’s not some voodoo holiday, it’s not pushing radical ideals, it’s meant to unify us and help us to remember our past while looking ahead to the future.
My family tried to celebrate this a couple times when I was younger but we quickly fell off. It wasn’t until last night when I went to a family friends house to celebrate that my interest was kindled. I want to learn more and spread the joy that I got from the first night of this beautiful holiday.
Harambee! (not the ape, this means let’s pull together (according to some website) but it’s also what is said at the end of the ceremony)