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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Guerrilla Holiday


Last year I decided to do a Guerrilla Holiday, and I want to do it again this year, and I'm hoping you will want to join me. Here is the big idea. Have you ever heard of Guerrilla Artist's? Basically, they are artists that make art and install, preform, or attach it to public spaces, with the intention of affecting the world in a creative and thought provoking way (to paraphrase Keri Smith). These installations are often anonymous, and very unique. Do a web search for "guerrilla art" and you will see many wonderful examples. My idea is to remove some of the hype from the holiday and remind people of the simple joy of kindness. I think we all get so wrapped up in the stress of the season, we sometimes forget about small ways we can feel, and spread joy.  I'm talking about some random acts of giving. Tiny stuff, sweet stuff, unexpected stuff. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Decorate a public and unexpected object. Put a handmade greeting card on a strangers windshield. If you're a crafter, make something small, and stick it in a neighbors mailbox. Go for a walk and stick a single shiny ornament on every tree that you pass. Tie a pretty tag, with a few kind words, on somebodies trash can (won't that just freak them out!). One of my readers tucked handmade beaded bookmarks in library books. There are a million possibilities. Make a sticker or a sign. Do you have something to say about the holiday season? Well, this is your chance! Won't you join me? I am really excited to see what you do. Send me some pictures, or tell me some stories, and I will try to post as many of them as I can. Spread the word, and take a Guerrilla Holiday Button. Let's see what we can do. I believe this could be something special, don't you?!

8 comments:

The Lee County Clowder said...

Sending healing purrrrrss and purrrrayers to Mr Dutch.

Jamie said...

What a brilliant idea!

Rose said...

This does sound like a wonderful and fun idea...I'm going to have a little think and see if I can come up with something!

I agree, the holidays are way too much about commercialism. The important, and most enjoyable things are remembering to share with others, time with family, enjoying the solstice time with winter festivities and respect for the origins of the holiday!

Thanks for the info.

Laloofah said...

What a fun idea! When my life slows down from its current Mach 5 speed in a couple of days, I'll have to don my thinking cap and come up with some ideas! I love some of your suggestions and would love to participate in this! :-)

Gilding Lilies said...

I'm glad you like the idea.

Thanks Lee County Clowder, Mr Dutch really appreciates it.

Beautifully said Rose!

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

I loved how you did this last year. After Xmas, I bought a bunch of little ornaments on sale and that's what I'm passing out this year...I may not get a tree up, but i don't lack spirit...

I didn't realize Maxx was your kitty. No, I didn't post any real positive info, but having had cats with a heart disease that can take them in a second or they can live til they are 15...life is unpredictable, losing my husband truly taught me that and to try and see something perfect in each day and it will not be a wasted day...

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Did I type Maxx...obviously I can't multi-blog...I meant Mr Dutch.

Gilding Lilies said...

Great advice Teri, thank you.
I hope you will share what you do with your little ornaments.