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5 Reasons to Send Flowers December ’17

The holiday season is in full swing and many of us are busy preparing for family visits or travel. If you can’t be home during the holidays, flowers are a wonderful way to let your family know you are there in heart, if not in person.  [Read more…]

5 Best Reasons To Send Flowers in December

A Beautiful SightDecember is a great month for holidays, and anytime there’s a reason to celebrate, there’s a reason to buy flowers! So look below for all the great opportunities you’ll have this month to visit your local florist.

  #1. Hanukkah – December 16th – 24th

Happy Hanukkah! Hanukkah is the first of this month’s holiday goodness, and it lasts a whopping eight days! That’s eight opportunities to bring the gift of flowers to those you love and cherish. And for personalized gifts, there’s no better place in town than your local flower shop!

#2. Winter Solstice – December 21st

Silver BellsOooh … “The Longest Night”. Sounds ominous, but in reality it merely reflects the change of the seasons. This night is not only the beginning of winter, but it is also the turning point where the hours of darkness stop growing longer and begin their drop back toward the longer days of spring and summer.

#3. Christmas – December 25th

Merry Christmas! This is easily the most celebrated holiday in the US, and it is the perfect time to buy flowers. You can give flowers as gifts, use them to decorate your home for the season or just buy a magnificent arrangement to set in the middle of your feast table. However you use them, the best flowers can be found with your local florist.

#4. Kwanzaa – December 26th – January 1st

Let it SnowJoyous Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa is seven days of colorful decorations and time spent with family and community. It involves the sharing of food, ritual and performance, and is the perfect time to buy flowers. They go beautifully with the colorful decorations of the holiday, and they will make any Kwanzaa feast one to remember!

#5. New Year’s Eve – December 31st

This is the party night of the year, and no party is complete with some floral decoration. But flowers also make excellent personal decoration. A gentleman with a flower in his lapel or a lady with a crown of beautiful blooms will stand out at any New Year’s Eve bash!

What are your favorite reasons to send flowers this month?
Let us know in the comments!

20 Card Messages Perfect for Your Season’s Greetings!

FSN Season's GreetingsFlowers are the perfect gift. They are beautiful and one-size-fits-all. They are fun to order and even better to receive. So we have put together some card messages to help you share the love for all kinds of reasons this season. Enjoy!

Seasonal Wishes
Warm greetings perfect for any celebration.

  • Snow may blow
    ice may freeze
    but I’ll never find better friends such as these!
    Much love to you, my friends.
  • Joy to the World! And all happiness to you this season.
  • May peace find you this season and keep you year round.
  • Wishing you and yours all the magic of the season.
  • Here’s hoping this joyous season is full of many more surprises!

 

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!
These are some romantic card messages that are sure to keep the home fires burning.

  • I trust in miracles this season because I found you, my love.
  • I couldn’t wait for Christmas to tell you how much I love you!
  • My best memories from this year have all been with you.
    Thank you for being such a wonderful part of my life.
  • You make every day merry and bright.
  • Peace. Joy. Happiness. I have it all with you dear!

 

Auld Lang Syne
Here are some sayings to wish someone all the best this new year.

  • 2014 is going to be YOUR year! Live it up!
  • We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne. Happy New Year!
  • “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
    And next year’s words await another voice.”
    – T.S. Eliot
  • May your past inform your future this bright and shiny New Year.
  • We are wishing you all the very best for this New Year with health, wealth and happiness

 

For The Kwanzaa Celebration
A few phrases to help rejoice in your heritage and share the bounty of the year with loved ones.

  • Wishing you and yours a joyous Kwanzaa!
  • Sharing with you the bounty and blessings of the season. Heri za Kwanzaa!
  • As you observe the Nguza Saba this Kwanzaa, may these colors add to your celebration of past, present and bright future!
  • From our family to yours, we wish you the joy and light of a festive Kwanzaa.
  • …dare to practice the ancient ethical obligation of serudj ta
    — to heal, repair, remake and renew the world,
    making it more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

    – Dr. Maulana Karenga

 Remember to always use a real local florist for the best flowers and service!

Happy Kwanzaa!

Flowers for Kwanzaa Celebrations Flowers For Kwanzaa "Ruby Red Regalia" Vase Arrangement

Make your Kwanzaa celebration beautiful and memorable this year with a special flower arrangement in the traditional Kwanzaa colors of red, green and black. Kwanzaa celebrations last 7 days; observed from December 26 to January 1 each year.

Kwanzaa Decor

Celebrating Kwanzaa means focusing on family and community, so you know there’s going to be food involved. Why not decorate your food table with a beautiful arrangement of Kwanzaa flowers? Talk to your florist about ways to interpret the Principles of Kwanzaa (Nguzo Saba) for the arrangement. For instance, you might have a candle with two or more wicks to represent Unity (Umoja).

Celebrating Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a unique celebration that really bonds a family and community together. During the week of Kwanzaa, observers light candles for each of the 7 days. The candles are displayed in a candle holder called, Kinara and are usually surround by 7 symbols. The main colors of Kwanzaa are derived from the Pan-African flag. However, all bright colors are welcome. No matter what your race, religion or background, the principles of Kwanzaa are values we can all support. They not only are building blocks for ourselves, our family and community, but serve to reinforce and enhance them.

For more information on Kwanzaa: the principles, colors & symbols, click here.

Kwanzaa: Family – Community – Culture

Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community & Culture

While it’s not the biggest holiday on our radar this season, the African holiday, Kwanzaa, is celebrated by millions all across the nation. It’s a perfect holiday for this season with it’s focuses on family, community and culture.

Like the winter solstice, the celebration of “first fruits” is ancient and dates back to Egypt and Nubia in Africa. Kwanzaa’s name comes from, “Matunda ya Kwanzaa” meaning “first fruits” in Swahili. Kwanzaa celebrations last 7 days; observed from December 26 to January 1 each year.

The principles of Kwanzaa are incredibly powerful and meaningful. They focus on not only building ones self, but also family and community. Each of the 7 days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to a specific principle.

The Principles of Kwanzaa (Nguzo Saba):

  • Umoja (Unity): Re-affirming unity of family and community, as well as nation, and race.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves stand up.
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  • Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore people to traditional greatness.
  • Kuumba (Creativity): To always do as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  • Imani (Faith): To believe with all our heart in people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

No matter what your race, religion or background, the principles of Kwanzaa are values we can all support. They not only are building blocks for ourselves, our family and community, but serve to reinforce and enhance them. [Read more…]

Three Cheers For Kwanzaa!

Needing gift ideas for Kwanzaa? Kwanzaa begins Saturday, December 26th, 2009 and runs through January 1, 2010. That doesn’t leave much time to do the holiday shopping. If you’ve found yourself in a pickle, Flower Shop Network can help. We’ve listed below some information about the Kwanzaa holiday as well as several gift ideas. Hopefully your festivities will be alight with happiness this year.

“Habari gani?”

Kwanzaa is a traditional African holiday celebrating the traditions and heritage of the African people. Many African-American families have celebrated the holiday for generations and continue to instill the value of heritage in their children.

Gifts (and this can, of course, include flowers) are mainly given to children, but adults often exchange gifts as well. Kwanzaa gifts must always include a book and a heritage symbol. Since the time of agent Egypt, the value of learning and education has played a major part in African heritage. The book emphasizes this value. The heritage symbol reinforces the value of tradition, heritage, and history.

It is important to note key colors used during the celebration of Kwanzaa. These colors are red, black and green. A host of gift ideas is available when you choose based on color and significance. Though flowers are not a traditional Kwanzaa gift, it is common to send flowers to a friend during Kwanzaa to show support of his or her heritage.

Much like an arrangement of fall flowers or a cornucopia, flowers also play a part in Kwanzaa decorations. Red, black and green flower arrangements are used to create the perfect atmosphere for celebrating as they inspire a thirst for knowledge of heritage, history and culture.

This year, choose to include flowers like these when celebrating Kwanzaa with your friends and family. Whether acknowledging a part of a friend’s heritage or celebrating as every other year, let beautiful flowers from a local florist get you in the mood for Kwanzaa.

You may also be interested in these Bloomin’ Blog posts:

“So What’s A Good Gift For That Other December Holiday?”
“Appropriate Gift For Kwanzaa”

Appropriate Gift for Kwanzaa

Ask the Expert: My co-worker celebrates Kwanzaa and I would like to send him a gift to show my respect for his culture. Would flowers be an appropriate gift for a Kwanzaa celebration?

Shelly,

Kwanzaa means “first fruits” and originates from the first harvest celebrations of Africa. Gifts are mainly given to children and include a book and a heritage symbol. Since Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday I would suggest sending a fruit gift basket since the fruit represents a valued part of their culture — the harvest and particularly the celebration of thanks and respect for the harvest.

Just a little extra Kwanzaa information:

Kwanzaa is celebrated for seven days — beginning Dec 26th and celebrated until the end of Jan 1st.

Kwanzaa is a time to honor and respect one’s elders and heritage. Family and community play an important part in Kwanzaa. It is not a religious holiday.