DAVE: Christmas Memories

 

Written by Dave Miller in the December 2014 Issue

What happens during the holidays shouldn’t stay in the holidays! This year, some of the busy elves at Back40 Design and Outlook Magazine took a moment to share their personal Christmas memories. All the while, we recognize that ‘family’ isn’t just who you go home to each evening, but also who you share life with over deadlines, projects and coffee at the office each day.

Matt Flick with children in AfricaPeace Corps

“My favorite Christmas memory occurred when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia. It was our group’s first Christmas there, and a small group of us decided to go camping on the beach. The small group quickly ballooned into 50 volunteers. We made our own stockings out of traditional African fabric we bought at a local market, and each of us had a secret Santa.” - Matt Flick, Web Designer

Middle Child

“Our family laughs because I, the middle child of three girls, didn’t always seem to get as much attention as my sisters. One Christmas I proudly received a doll that wet her diaper when you fed her water. In the Super 8 home movie from that Christmas Day, I can be seen running around the house, announcing repeatedly to no one in particular, ‘Well, my baby finally hasn’t wetted yet.’” - Laura Beam, Advertising Sales Manager

Non-Traditional Dinner

“When we don’t host a traditional Christmas meal for the family, our standby menu is mushroom soup and french bread, escargot with parsley butter sauce, and filet mignon with mashed gold potatoes and asparagus. I think snails is about as nontraditional as you can get!” - Jessica Hough, Web Programmer

Calvin the Greyhound at ChristmasA Family Reunited

“Several years ago, I had the opportunity to adopt one of my retired racing greyhounds’ littermates after following her racing career online for over a year.  We drove to Council Bluffs, IA to pick Lucy up the day after she retired from racing, and brought her home to be with her brother just in time for their 4th birthday on December 23rd. That Christmas was a really special time having both of them together again.” - Emily Hummel, Account Executive

Happy Holidays to All!

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