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Well, the holidays are over. All the pretty lights are gradually being taken down and Christmas trees are thrown in the front of people’s homes for the waste collectors to pick up. Except for mine, it’s fake…but no one else needs to know that. Every year Christmas is celebrated with beautiful decorations, Christmas carols, gifts and overall joy; but the decorations and holiday cheer don’t end with our tangible world; the joy that the holidays ensue is also all over social media. Now that it’s 2016…17! It’s 2017. I can’t be the only one that’s still getting used to that. Anyways, now that it’s 2017, social media has played its biggest role thus far when it comes to the holidays; maybe even without you realizing it. Here are some ways social media affected my holiday season and how you could use it to your benefit for your next celebration.
Social media has been oozing with holiday spirit in more ways than one, beginning with just a simple image post. I loved to get to see friends on their vacations in the snowy mountains that cause me to dream of a time when it’s not 80 degrees on Christmas and New Year’s; I scrolled through pictures of Christmas trees, some elegant with white lights and bows, others fun with colored lights and ornaments crafted by kids. OH, I can’t forget about all the pictures of food I scrolled through (but really I stopped, stared for a few moments, MAYBE drooled a little and liked it before moving on to the next one). It finally makes sense why I kept getting hungry every time I scrolled through my Instagram.
Let’s be real shopping can be fun, but it can also be a nightmare and certain members of your family may be harder to shop for than others. For me, I love shopping for my sister since we have the same taste. I know that whatever I buy her she will love. The only part I’ll admit can be hard sometimes is not keeping it for me instead. However, any man in my family is a completely different story. Luckily, with the help of social media, shopping for the boys is less of a struggle. Brands and companies I follow are always promoting deals and discounts, along with gift suggestions for whomever I may be shopping for. Platforms like Facebook and Instagram even include promotions for brands users may be interested in but have never heard of, which have actually worked for me.
When it comes to the cuisine for your holiday party, I have one word for you: Tasty. This might be my favorite. Although it’s relevant all year long, it is a great place to find unique and delicious treats for your holiday party. Tasty is known for their 1-2 minute videos demonstrating how to prepare entrees, appetizers, desserts, and drinks that are sure to please any crowd. I could watch those Tasty videos all day long if I could, but then I wouldn’t have time to create, or attempt, all these “tasty” ideas.
The year and winter holidays being over can generate slight feelings of sadness since it’s a favorite time of year for many of us. No worries, though! The New Year has just begun and we have many more discounts, recipes and holidays to look forward to.
Disclaimer: Following Tasty on social media may cause slight weight gain if you are not careful. Follow at your own risk.
This post was written by Haylie Schaffer. Haylie is a Social Media Community Specialist with Media Connect Partners.