The holidays are a time for family, and here in the HER House, we’re all about celebrating the nutty family we’ve created! All of the HERlies took part in the annual Secret Snowflake tradition, much like the Secret Santa many of us grew up with, that encompasses all religious and spiritual beliefs – we just wanted to show how much we care!
In the spirit of giving and gratefulness, we HERlies try to make Secret Snowflake about showing our love in little ways, with less emphasis on material goods. Inspirational notes written in creative places (fridge whiteboard, anyone?), baked goods left in the kitchen and tiny tokens like Hershey Kisses left on the bed are all common “gifts” given throughout the week. Some of the newer HERlies to the House were pleasantly surprised by the intensity of Secret Snowflake. Most people probably do Secret Snowflake once, giving a single gift at a party where everyone involved is present…
Let me tell you: the HER House is not tame when it comes to Secret Snowflake! At least as early as 7am on Monday morning after Thanksgiving, seasoned HERlies were tiptoeing around the House, taping snowflakes to doors and leaving sweet messages in mailboxes. The pressure was on: HOW CAN I MAKE MY SNOWFLAKE FEEL LOVED AND APPRECIATED?!
It was all in good fun, of course, and the annual holiday party at the end of the week was a wonderful time with amazing food (I bet your residence didn’t make a full turkey), decorations, and a final gift exchange where all of the gift givers were finally revealed!
One of the blessings of living in the HER House is living with family: we eat together, we clean together, we fight and laugh and cry. Most importantly, we support one another through the good times and bad. The holiday party was a lovely reminder of that, and through (many) tears of gratefulness, we expressed to each other just how much we value our place in the beautiful brownstone we call home.
Happy Holidays from our crazy little family to yours!
– Nicole Rapkin (CAS ’16)