Hello and happy holidays! I have just published this post over on the Wild Home blog and thought that you might like to read it here too…
I thought that I would share with you a little challenge that the Wild Home team are going to take part in at the start of the New Year. It’s called ‘The New Year Bracelet Race’.
It’s a great way to bring a bit of fun to those darker and colder January days and is brilliant for connecting groups of friends and family, especially if they are spread around the globe.
… photo by Christian Mackie …
To start off with, you need to give a friendship bracelet to everyone who is taking part. These can be ones that you have made from embroidery thread, little bits of string with a shell strung on it or some of our Cheka or Gecko bracelets. Ideally, you want them to be soft so that they are comfortable to wear.
As this type of jewellery is so light, it can easily and affordably be sent to friends and family in different countries.
As you give out your bracelets, a start date for the challenge needs to be agreed upon. Ours is going to be on 1st January (to make it a New Year’s race) but you can choose any date you like.
On the specified date, everyone puts on their bracelet. It’s a nice opportunity to take a photo of your newly worn bracelet and share these with your group.
The main idea of the challenge is that the bracelets stay on for as long as possible (this can be months and months) and the winner of the race is the person whose bracelet has stayed on the longest.
As you catch up with the members of your group throughout the challenge, you can compare your bracelets and make predictions as to who might win. The stories surrounding the moments when each person’s bracelet comes off are great for sharing. We had an experience one year, where a team member’s friendship bracelet started to unravel itself slowly over many months until it was just a single thread in width. It held on, in that state, for what seemed like ages and was given a loud cheer when it finally fell off, well worn and loved!
We will be sharing our progress on Instagram using the hashtag #WHbraceletrace – please feel free to join in and share your pictures (remember to tag them).