We love the holidays here at JSG. The extra cheer in our client’s voices, the promise of the new year, (and of course the pumpkin pie!) This year we are starting a few office traditions centered around giving back to our community. We plan to go caroling in local neighborhoods to spread some Christmas Cheer with our friends from the Arc of Spokane Community Center. We’ve also decided to start an office gift exchange with a charitable twist – buy a toy you think your coworker would have loved when they were a kid and we’ll donate them to Toys For Tots!
Now, we know that every office and family has Holiday traditions of their own (You can read some of our individual traditions below!) – and we encourage you to share some of yours! Tag us on social media or shoot us an email to join in the Holiday spirit!
Tracy Isakson, Banking Team Lead:
One of our favorite things to do during Christmas is going to the “Christmas Tree Elegance” at the Davenport hotel. My kids get to see some of the most beautiful tree’s and they get to see all the “stuff” that organizations put into their tree. The kids like to dream and wish for their favorite tree and we get them each a few tickets to try to win the tree. We put their name on it as well, so they would know if they won the tree. And how could you not love the davenport. One of the most beautiful old hotels in the nation as a backdrop to the amazing trees. Just makes for a very fun day with the family downtown.
Tracey Smith, Healthcare Team Lead:
It is all about family. We plan everything around our family and who can be here for what. We also buy an ornament for our tree every year that is a memento of that year. This year it is a Starbucks Mini French coffee press ornament as it represents many long but enjoyable days!
Mike Muglia, Account Executive – Banking, Southwest:
So our family’s tradition is that starting 4 Sundays before Christmas we take out a little wooden crib that we built that looks like an animal feeding trough and put it somewhere in the front room with a bag of straw next to it. Then as the days pass every time someone does something kind for each other, or kids listen the first time, or perhaps do extra chores without being asked, or helps a stranger……we put a piece of straw in the crib. The goal is to make a nice comfortable bed for the Baby Jesus on His Birthday. On Christmas Eve while the kids are asleep “The Angels” come and decorate the space and replaces the empty crib with a bigger and very real looking Baby Jesus Doll – and sometimes a special little gift for the family!
Jessica Sems, Account Executive – Healthcare, Southeast:
We never had traditions growing up, so I want to start making my own traditions. One tradition I want to start is having my brothers come to town and celebrate it with me every year because that is all we had growing up is each other. We will always give each other something we need never something on our want list. The essentials. I want them to know the importance of having stuff we need versus stuff we want.
Dana Belster, Team Lead – Mining:
In this busy world, seeing family is sometimes difficult. Our house has always been the center point, where everyone comes for Christmas dinner. It is a lot of work, but it builds memories, creates bonds and is fun. Clean up the next day, not so much!
Mary DuBoyce, Account Executive – Healthcare, Midatlantic:
We make an angel food cake and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus at midnight, and every Christmas Eve we open one gift. (It’s always new pajamas!)
Perry Paden, Senior Vice President:
Being the youngest of 5 kids rarely had its good side growing up on the farm. But at Christmas, it certainly had its advantages. Mom would spend 2 days cooking everything from scratch and because I was the youngest, I got to be the taste tester. Everything from the chocolate pudding for pie, the sugar cookies, and the leftover homemade pie crust baked in the oven with butter and cinnamon. My brothers and sisters never complained because there was always plenty to go around. Those are just some of the traditions I got to do growing up. I passed those rich traditions on to my children in hopes of keeping that little twinkle in our eye and the spirit of Christmas alive!
Patrice Sutton, Social Media Manager:
Every year, my family goes to Whitefish Lake Golf Course on Christmas Eve – and it is totally magical! There’s usually a ton of snow in Montana and the dimly lit lodge filled with Christmas Trees and fireplace warmth is the perfect thing to get me in the Christmas spirit!