Holiday preparations and celebrations

19 Dec

It’s Christmastime in the Evans house!

Addam and I have spent the past few weeks decorating for the holidays and stocking up on gifts. While we knocked the majority of our shopping out in one night (give or take a few hours on ebay), we’ve made an effort to stretch out the season as best we can.

Although I’m sure everyone reading this already knows, Addam and I are spending the holidays at his parents’ house in Athens, Ohio. Even though Emily, Ryan, Steve, Judy and Dave visited us around this time last year, it’s been two years since we’ve had a real, family Christmas, and we’re very much looking forward to the trip.

We leave this Wednesday and return the following Wednesday — just in time to ring in the new year in the MIA. As fun as that should be, I can’t wait to get away for the holidays. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas at 75 degrees, especially without family close.

While Addam and I have been celebrating big in our tiny apartment, the festivities also continued at Miami Today. As always, Jean went all out for our annual Christmas luncheon. She decorated the entire break room in Christmas lights and Santa statues, complete with our own miniature North Pole.

(Jean even used her place marker from my wedding reception to save her spot at the company table. It was a little touch, meant only for me, and, as a result, it meant the world to me. I had no idea that she had held on to it, but I was happy that she had.)

I spent my weekend writing and editing so that the few stories I have left for the week wouldn’t loom over my head and ruin my vacation. As a result, I wasn’t able to bake anything for the lunch and had to resort to hot chocolate and rolled waffers. Fortunately, there was plenty of food to choose from.

Antoinette was even sweet enough to make me a special side of vegan mashed potatoes so I could enjoy the meal without feeling like the office outcast. (I’d be doing her an injustice if I didn’t say that they were absolutely delicious. I have the kindest co-workers a girl could ask for.)

We always end our lunch with a good ol’ game of Chinese Christmas, giving everyone an opportunity to either unwrap or steal a gift from their fellow co-workers.

I brought a food processor, which Max won. I drew early and started out with a stuffed bear, which I was going to give to Danae, until someone stole it — leaving me with earrings. I’d say the high-rollers were Antoinette, who won a roll of quarters, and Mr. Lewis, who got two gifts because he drew the right number and took home Nicaraguan coffee.

As soon as I got out of work I headed home to pack up and prepare for a long production day and an even longer day of traveling. As much fun as I had celebrating with the Miami Today crew, I cannot wait until Wednesday!

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” — Charles Schulz, cartoonist (1922-2000).


One Response to “Holiday preparations and celebrations”

  1. judy evans December 20, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    WOW!!! What FABULOUS people you work with 🙂
    Looks like that was quite the NICE office party!!!

    Time to come home for Christmas now…………

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