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The holidays are a bustling time of year, whether we’re heading to gatherings, hosting our own, hitting the streets caroling, or attending a holiday play. But this month’s challenge is to celebrate together, and that means inviting your neighbors into your life and into that busyness!
Challenge No. 011:
Invite them in.
Have neighbors over for cookies and hot chocolate. Welcome a family to come sledding with your kids. Host a present-wrapping party and provide the supplies. Are they missing family? Invite them to your holiday dinner!
Looking for a way to change up your next dinner party? Split it! A progressive meal is where different courses are served at different homes. Start at one neighbor’s home for the drinks and/or appetizers, head down the street for the main course, and finish up at another home for dessert! It’s a great way to share the hosting responsibilities and further get to know your neighbors on a personal level. For an added twist, choose courses from the same cookbook or food blogger (Half Baked Harvest is a Colorado-based favorite).
Planning and schedule-swapping during the holidays can get overwhelming. Sometimes the best gatherings happen spontaneously! If you find yourself with a free evening, reach out to your neighbors for a simple get-together without the major coordination. The simplicity of playing some board games, throwing on the game or catching up over a bottle of wine can turn into memorable nights of connection.
BONUS Challenge: Just joining the challenge or looking to get your mind in the game? Read a book or listen to a podcast about neighboring to see what others have to say. A few ideas to pique your interest:
- The Everyday Hospitality podcast by Cole Lescher
- The Simplest Way to Change the World book by Dustin Willis
- Loving Our Neighbors Through Hospitality podcast by First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa
How to enter
Get creative! Each month we’ll choose our favorite post and give away some Love Your Hood swag. Here’s how to play:
Document your experience
Snap a photo (or take a video) of you taking on challenge no. 011!
Want to enter for a chance to win the grand prize? Save these photos someplace you can find them as you’ll be using them again!
Three ways to enter
See official rules for more details.
Enter the Challenge + Get inspired
Upload a photo or video to show us how you’re taking on challenge no. 011!
Miss a challenge? Not a problem! It’s not too late to complete them and enter for a chance to win the grand prize.
- No. 001 – Know Your Neighbor
- No. 002 – Shovel Some Snow
- No. 003 – Be the Village
- No. 004 – Clean the Streets
- No. 005 – Share What You Have
- No. 006 – Grill Together
- No. 007 – Be Kind
- No. 008 – Bring a Treat
- No. 009 – Spruce Some Yards
- No. 010 – Show Gratitude
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