Simplify Your Holiday Season with Facebook Events, Groups, Photos

By David Cohen 

HappyHolidays650The holiday season is in full swing, and Facebook offered some tips for how its users can tap the social network’s events, groups and photos to relieve some of the pressure.

Facebook said in an email to AllFacebook:

Facebook events make it easy to plan holiday soirees, white elephant exchanges or parties while you’re bored at home during winter break — without the hassle of an email thread. Personalize your event with details, location and even the weather forecast, and control who can see and share your invitation with customized privacy settings.

Still need a plan for New Year’s Eve? Check out popular events nearby — join in and invite your friends!

You can also give back with the help of Facebook events. Whether you’re raising funds or organizing a toy drive, you can customize your event’s details, location and privacy settings.

Facebook groups is your secret weapon for sharing holiday tips with friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Create groups focused on recipes, décor ideas or even winter safety tips. Still looking for more holiday ideas? Facebook will suggest groups for you based on your current membership or targeted groups within your area.

Playing Santa this year and need to keep your lists private? Create a secret group with family and friends to ensure that your gifts and kept a secret until they are unwrapped.

Using groups on the go this busy holiday season? Download the Facebook Groups application for fast and easy sharing with all the groups in your life.

Even on winter break, you may need to start planning for next semester. Facebook groups can connect you with other students to discuss course recommendations, share professor reviews or sell used textbooks. With Groups for Schools, you can also stay up-to-date on what’s happening around campus while you’re gone.

With Facebook photos, grandma and grandpa back on the East Coast don’t have to miss out on the festivities. Use shared photo albums to swap photos of holiday fun all season long with select family or friends.

Want to show off your fam’s annual family photo? Facebook photos allows you to easily share your photo with all of your Facebook friends. If you’d prefer a private album, adjust the album’s features to share with select groups.

Don’t forget to post your first selfie of 2015. Perfect your photo with Facebook’s new and easy editing tool, and upload the photo straight to Facebook. The seamless process will make sure your photo is up just after the clock strikes midnight.

Readers: What did you think of Facebook’s holiday season tips?

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