Thursday, December 18, 2014

Spreading Christmas Cheer

Community Financial wishes you all the joys of the holiday season. We asked our team members what traditions bring them joy during the holidays. Amanda Madden, a MSR in our Call Center, was happy to share her story.

Amanda (left) and fellow call center
FSR Belinda (right) celebrating.
Amanda doesn’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays lead her astray from her Christmas traditions. She brings the holiday spirit to work with her every day during the season. We asked Amanda about her true meaning of the holiday season and her favorite ways to spread Christmas cheer.

The first weekend in December, Amanda enjoys decorating her Christmas tree and bringing out all of the other decorations. She loves to have Christmas tunes playing in the background while she does this.

“This is really my first activity I do to get into the holiday spirit,” she said. “Pulling out all of the decorations after they’ve been in storage for a year always puts a smile on my face! I also love just sitting in my living room with all the lights out and the Christmas tree on, enjoying the quiet and the beautiful tree.”

For some holiday cheer, Amanda suggests going to Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village. The Holiday Nights program is known for giving its attendees a feeling as if they’re stepping into a Christmas card from the past.

“The decorations mimic what Christmas looked like in the old days. They have buggy rides, a firework show and Christmas carolers,” said Amanda.

Yet the activity that is always at the top of Amanda’s traditions list is watching Christmas movies. She has two must-watch movies every Christmas – “Christmas Vacation” and “A Christmas Story.”

“My family and I never fail to tune into the 24-hour marathon of A Christmas Story!” Amanda exclaimed. “I’ll watch Christmas movies all December and curl up with a cookie from the annual cookie swap I have with friends.”

Amanda and her family also participate in a white elephant gift exchange each year for Christmas.

“We love just having fun with it, we don’t take it seriously at all,” Amanda said. “My dad always gives the craziest gifts! A few years ago he actually put a LIVE lobster in a box with a steak, baked potato, stick of butter and lemon wedge on the side. It was a complete surf and turf dinner! Everyone got a kick out of that, but my aunt was a little nervous having a live lobster crawling around on her carpet.”

Whatever brings you joy this holiday season, the entire Community Financial team wishes you a very happy holiday and a happy new year!

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