By Amanda Herrington, AJGA Communications
‘Twas the day before vacation, when all through the AJGA,
All the staffers were stirring; lots to do today!
With the office a closin’, and no one to be seen,
We say goodbye to another year, and hello 2014!
As a way to reward staff members for a year of hard work and prepare for a new season at the AJGA, come December, AJGA National Headquarters closes its doors for a three-week holiday break. Staff members are able to travel home, take exotic vacations, and most importantly, spend the holidays with friends and family.
Before we go, we’d like to share with our extended family some of our favorite holiday traditions.
Curt Haag (Tournament Director): I watch as many Christmas movies as I can. Some of my favorites are “Home Alone 1 & 2”, which I will watch about 10 times a year, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Christmas Vacation.” Also, my family buys a new board game every year that we will all sit down and play.
Rachel Graves (Tournament Director): My favourite holiday tradition is celebrating Boxing Day (British holiday celebrated on December 26). You only eat Christmas leftovers and you re-gift something from Christmas for someone else.
Jane Olthuis (Vice President of Player Services): On Christmas Day, my family goes to an IMAX showing of the current blockbuster movie.
Chris White (Senior Tournament Director): After Church on Christmas Eve, we all watch “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Mary Ann Cowgur (Executive Assistant): Since my five daughters were little girls, I have always bought them matching pajamas and we wear them every single night during the holidays.
Roseanna Smith (Vice President of Communications): Each year, we buy a live tree from a local Christmas tree farm. I ask people not to buy me gifts but send me Christmas ornaments so that when we decorate the tree, we can talk about each ornament, where it came from or who gave it to us. It’s a neat way of connecting over time and the years, and something my parents did every year.
Abby Liebenthal (Manager of Communications): Each year we use a new menorah and my mom and I always play dreidel with chocolate coins. On Christmas Eve, we get together with family and friends and celebrate Hanukkah at a Chinese restaurant.
Scott Carlson (Director of Finance): Every Thanksgiving, I cover the entire roof of my house with Christmas lights to kick off the holiday season.
We hope you enjoy your own family traditions throughout this holiday season and we look forward to seeing you in 2014!