Archive for the ‘Holidays’ tag
For the past month, the San Francisco office has been working with Adopt a Family as part of our annual winter corporate social responsibility event. Adopt a Family is a non-profit organization that pairs families in need with donors (like us!) and the donors follow a wishlist and shop for holiday gifts for the families.
We received two families to support so we split the West Coast team (this included everyone in LA and our gals currently working in NY) up. We arranged as a little friendly competition and the teams signed up for items and shopped. Earlier this week, we gathered all of the gifts in San Fran and spent much of the day gift wrapping and getting everything ready to hand over to these amazing families. Take a look!
Many offices have a little fun with Halloween. However, MKTG Atlanta continues to take to another level year after year with elaborate decorations and costumes – both of which can net our employees big cash prizes!
But it isn’t just about the adults here as a couple of dozen family members (and growing every year!!) are invited into our warehouse for a fun costume party complete with office-wide trick-or-treating. Check out some of the great photos and a spooky video from this year’s festivities!
MKTGers, it’s holiday season at last, and for those of us in the UK office, that means terrific confusion on holiday traditions and vocabulary. To help alleviate the anxiety, below is glossary of holiday terms in common use over here in the British Isles. Brilliant.
1. Christmas “Sweater” vs Christmas “Jumper“: They both look equally tacky at Christmas parties, they’re just called something different on opposite sides of the pond. Likewise, you can jump in a jumper as easily as you can sweat in a sweater. Again, brilliant.
2. Cheers: While Americans serve eggnog, an odd concoction of milk, sugar, eggs and brandy, during the holidays, the Brits have their own weird festive drink: the Wassail (from the phrase meaning “good health” in Old English), which consists of hot mulled cider or wine. The common denominator in all of this is, of course…booze. Cheers indeed.
3. Christmas Crackers: We implore you, please do not eat a Christmas cracker, even if it does kind of look like a wrapped candy. A Christmas cracker is actually a gift tube that hold treats, bad jokes and paper crowns. The highly competitive moment when all family members converge to pull apart their crackers with a pop is the stuff of family legend across Britain. Word of advice, though: don’t try opening one on an airplane. Trust me on this point.
5. Black Friday vs Boxing Day: The biggest shopping day of the year has different names on either side of the pond. In the US it’s called Black Friday and happens the day after Thanksgiving. The British call their day Boxing Day, but it happens the day after Christmas and isn’t nearly as scary.
Yeah I stole the title from the Food Network, but that’s okay, some of the best things in life are recycled. Kind of like the experiment that food blog Chow has taken on. With the sad demise of Kodachrome recently, those lovely colors we remember from our childhood have officially been replaced by whatever filter your phone app happens to have. Well, as all good planners do, Chow bought up a whole slew and then did what they do best: Cooked up a big feast (or two, or three). Using vintage menus and vintage film Chow paid direct homage to the cookbooks and recipes of the 50s and 60s. ‘Tis the season for good food and nostalgia, and this brings it all home in one yummy looking package!