Country Sampler Special Edition

Memories FROM OUR STAFF

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What was your favorite present you’ve ever received?

“A picture with a letter from my grandma who had passed a few months prior.” —Adriana Wagner, Advertisin­g Coordinato­r

“A dollhouse my grandfathe­r built to resemble his farmhouse.” —Lisa Sloan, Managing Editor

“My heavy training bag. I named him Norris.” —Nick Pierce, Senior Graphic Designer

What are some of your family traditions?

“Our family attends candleligh­t midnight Christmas Eve church services. Every year, the congregati­on links arms, with the lights down low, and sings ‘Silent Night.' It's my favorite moment every Christmas.”

—Kim Gard, Advertisin­g Account Manager

“My kids are 17 and 19 and still humor me every Christmas Eve by baking cutout sugar cookies and decorating them. It's always a joy! Their creativity always amazes me, and the laughter overflows!” —Michelle Thorpe, Advertisin­g Sales Director

“My mom always made homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas Eve. The smell of homemade cinnamon rolls in the morning is something I'll never forget!” —Molly K. Beals, Advertisin­g Account Manager

What is your favorite Christmas carol?

“‘Jingle Bell Rock'—I love that rockabilly guitar!” —Jessica Moorman, Copy Editor

“‘We Three Kings'—we sang it in choir in junior high and it stuck with me.” —Edith Teegarden, Senior Production Artist

“It's hard to choose just one. ‘O Holy

Night' and ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?' are favorites.” —Joan Lynch Luckett, Advertisin­g Account Manager

Do you enjoy creatively wrapping Christmas gifts?

“For gifts that leave the house, I love to wrap them in pretty paper, add ribbons and make a special name tag—like a mini photo canvas or a chalkboard ornament. For gifts that get unwrapped at home, I cover them with something reusable so it doesn't feel so wasteful. I have a basket filled with scarves, pillowcase­s, tote bags and lengths of fabric that I pull out for Christmas and birthday wrapping.” —Jessica Moorman, Copy Editor

“Gift bags all the way! The holidays are such a busy and crazy time in this season of my life with little kids at home. Anything that saves me time is usually the winner!” —Molly K. Beals, Advertisin­g Account Manager

What is your favorite holiday food?

“Anything sweet! Oreo truffles, sugar cookies, Reese's trees, peppermint brownies … I could go on all day.” —Jessica Moorman, Copy Editor

“Pierogies and pizelles. On the afternoon of Christmas Eve, my family would make over 100 pierogies of several different types; that was the main course for dinner that night.” —Nancy Borsodi, Designer

“Does sushi count?” —Nick Pierce, Senior Graphic Designer

What is a fun holiday memory you have?

“Last year, my kids wanted special presents, so we decided to make them work for it. We devised a scavenger hunt with a prize at the end, but only if they worked together and took turns reading and finding the clues. I created about 14 or 15 different decorated clues and hid them around the house. It ended up being a lot of fun and the kids really enjoyed it. I think they'll always remember the scavenger hunt more than they will the presents.” —Edith Teegarden, Senior Production Artist

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