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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!

It’s Almost Time For Hanukkah Again!

Oh the delightful time of year when Hanukkah (Chanukah) rolls around and both Jewish and Gentle feel the spirit of a centuries-old celebration. Whether you’ve been participating in the Hanukkah festivities since childhood or are new to the holiday, you know that giving gifts is a special (albeit somewhat recent) part of the tradition. Flower Shop Network has taken care of one gift idea for you. We’ll get to that in a minute, but first — a little Hanukkah history.

Chanukah is a celebration of two miracles and is also known as the Festival of Lights. Many associate this title with the traditional use of a menorah, or eight fingered candle holder. Chanukah (Hanukkah) is an eight day celebration. During each of the eight days, a single candle is lit on the menorah (Hanukkiah or Chanukiah in Hebrew). This represents the first miracle during the purification of the temple around 165 BCE.

According to the Talmud, there was only enough oil to last the one day. The miracle is that the oil lasted for eight days. Because of this, the menorah is lit one candle at a time during the eight day celebration. This is often performed in front of a window or in another area that can be easily seen so as to follow the commandment to publicize the miracle.

The second miracle celebrated on Chanukah is how Judah Maccabee and his four brothers organized a militant resistance group to drive the much larger Greek-Syrian army out of Judea. This act freed the group from religious persecution and oppression. Henceforth, the freedom gained on this day has remained a large part of the Chanukah celebration.

(Excerpt taken from FSN blog post: Do You Love Jewish Holidays As Much As I Do?)

Typically, one gift is given during each of the eight days of the celebration. Most are significant reflections of Hanukkah’s importance, though more common gifts are often chosen. As mentioned before, Flower Shop Network has made finding a gift for Hanukkah very easy for florists and holiday gift-givers. Here’s how.

Holiday Gift Givers – Flower Shop Network has several very beautiful blue and white flower arrangements made specifically to celebrate Hanukkah. Flower arrangements like the Happy Hanukkah Bouquet, Brilliant Blue, Crisp Winter Skies, and Festival of Flowers bouquets are wonderful gifts for the season.

Florists – Flower Shop Network recently introduced new website pages for your MyFSN e-commerce websites. Among the new selections is a Hanukkah flowers page which shows a wide selection of white and blue flowers (Chanukah colors) and other appropriate gifts. Now, helping your consumers find the perfect Hanukkah gift for a Jewish friend is a snap! It’s as easy as the click of a mouse button.

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

“Do You Love Jewish Holidays As Much As I Do?”
“So What’s A Good Gift For That Other December Holiday?”