Holiday Traditions

At Clark Creative Group, we have a few traditions around the office to help keep the holiday spirit alive during the busy season. We have a fall food day where everyone makes their favorite dishes and we all sit together in the conference room and share a special meal. It’s a great chance to try new things and learn which of our officemates has amazing culinary skills.

It’s also office tradition that the newest employees have a bonding experience decorating the Christmas tree. Luckily our intern Nate is tall so he could hang the star! No ladder necessary! We also enjoy putting together a holiday card that involves strategic planning and creativity to be sure that it practically jumps out of your mailbox bursting with cheer and goodwill.

And lastly, our fearless leaders Melanie and Fred host a very special party for the whole team, working along with our office manager Pat, to make sure every detail is perfect. It’s like the icing on the cake at the end of a very good year.

Read on to hear some of CCG staffer’s favorite holiday traditions:

Our family started a new tradition about a dozen years ago. It’s not a new game, but we all buy a white elephant gift and play a game of dice to win the gifts. With many siblings in the game, it gets loud and obnoxious, with stealing and shenanigans.

–Roxanne Feagan, Vice President of Graphic Services

I love doing stockings with my family and gathering around to eat!  And really, just hang out all in one place to chat. I am one of those people who really love to shop for gifts for others. I like putting thought into it for them.

–Kara Covrig, Media Specialist, Account Coordinator

When our kids were young, we made an annual trip to the Dodge House in Council Bluffs to see the rooms decorated with Christmas trees. We also watch these holiday movies; It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Shop Around the Corner, Bishop’s Wife.

–Fred Clark, President and Creative Director

My family has a few holiday traditions. We always have one present on Christmas Eve right before bed and then we have eggs benedict in the morning before we exchange gifts. We also watch football all day on January 1st.

–Nate Skold, Intern

My husband always makes delicious homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. Before we had kids, we put a lot of thought into the gift tags by making up creative names for each other. For example, To: Mrs.CrazyCatLadyBug From: Mr. Sassy McButterpants. Now that our house is filled with two little ones, ages 4 and 3, we are working on making some new traditions. This year, we welcomed our new elf, Harold Neigh-na to our home. My husband set up a camera to see if he could capture Harold flying away one night. With the use of an invisible string and some camera magic, the kids were blown away.

–Jennifer Litton, Copywriter

Watching Love Actually with mulled Hot Cider.

—Althea Satterfield, Graphic Designer

Well, I spend as much time as I can in December ingesting all the cheesy Christmas movies I can get my hands on, from TCM, Hallmark, ABC Family and Lifetime. It used to be how I got through my finals, but now I can't help myself. It sounds crazy, but I usually find at least one really good Christmas movie per year. Last year it was Window Wonderland on Hallmark.

My Recommendations (if you have any time over the holidays) 

- Bachelor Mother (1938)

- The Shop Around the Corner (1940) (the original You've Got Mail

- While You Were Sleeping (1995) (one of my favorites in general)

- Home for the Holidays (1995)

- Christmas in Boston (2005)

- The Mistle-tones (2012)

- Love Under the Christmas Table (2012) (The movie is much better than the title, I swear.) 

- Window Wonderland (2013) 

–Molly Polsen, Video Editor

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