Thursday, December 15, 2016

'Tis the season...for some serious Editorial cheer!



 by Karen Reid, Editor, Harlequin Superromance  


December means two things around the Harlequin Editorial department: rushing to meet due dates before the Christmas break (sigh) and spreading cheer & goodwill on a daily basis (yay!).

I’m sure no one wants to hear me talk about looming deadlines, but I thought it might be nice to offer a sneak peek into what goes on in our Toronto office during the holiday rush.

We started the season off in a perfect way, courtesy of our Fun Committee, with a Hot Chocolate & Paper Snowflake gathering. And you know what? Apparently editors are big fans of making paper snowflakes--though we do all have varying levels of skill in this area. As for myself, I admittedly had to go online for a refresher (Thank you, Martha Stewart!). And not only did we end up with a good number of unique snowflakes to decorate our hall with, but it was also a surprising stress reliever!
 


Next up on the Cheer Agenda, was our decorating day. The Holiday Committee spends the morning getting our department into the festive spirit. It’s always fun, and each year we seem to get it done faster—we must be getting good at it! Of course, there was that time when one of us (the editor in question shall remain nameless…) almost electrocuted themselves while stringing up the lights. So if we get through the process with everyone safe & unharmed we deem it a success J. And for the record, this year was a success!
             



Once we had our fun, it was time to give back. And I think it’s fair to say that our company-wide charity event is something that everyone looks forward to. The Holiday Committee actually started planning for this day in early Fall. And as usual, the Harlequin Holiday Fundraiser fair took place in early December and once again we had a great turnout.


For our part, Editorial put on a raffle to raise funds for a local community organization that helps families with basic necessities, such as groceries, clothing and toiletries. In addition, our department chose to bring in school supplies that these same families will use for the next school year. Not only did we have lots of fun and feel great about ourselves (selfish motivations!), but we also did some good. And isn’t that what this time of year is all about?



Oh, and did I mention what a great excuse the fundraiser always is for us to don our fantastic Christmas sweaters. Of course, Editor Johanna Raisanen totally outdid me with her reindeer headpiece ;). Love it! I’ll have to get myself one for next year.



Our grand finale for the season took place this past Monday at the Editorial Holiday Potluck. I wish I had some pictures to share, but, honestly, I was too busy stuffing my belly— #NoRegrets. It was a delicious and merry time! Aside from being talented editors, I work with some pretty fantastic cooks and bakers. Yum!

So as I look forward to 2017, I am grateful for the wonderful people I work with, both at the office and outside the office (I’m looking at all of you, Authors!), and I can’t wait to see what fantastic things we do (& write) next year!

Happy Holidays & All the best in the New Year!
















9 comments:

Claire McEwen said...

Thank you for posting, Karen! Such a fun peek behind the scenes at your holiday fun! Wishing you and everyone at the Harlequin Superromance offices a very happy holiday season!

Karen Reid said...

Same to you, Claire! We have fun around the office at this time of year--it's a good group of people.
Happy Holidays to you and your family, too!
Karen

Laney4 said...

The smiles say it all. Thanks for sharing!
From my office to your office, from my home to your home, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season. (Hard to believe Christmas is 10 days away!!!)

Nan Dixon said...

I saw some of the pictures posted on Twitter - but this is even more fun. No I want to know who tried to electrocute herself!

Mary Preston said...

Great pictures thank you. I must get myself a reindeer headpiece too.

Jo McNally said...

Thanks for not talking about December deadlines *ducking my head*. I love that you have a Fun Committee! Happy Holidays to everyone there!!!!

Dana Nussio said...

Thanks for the post, Karen. Just as I found out last summer, the Toronto office seems like a fun place to work. Such fun people!

kold_kadavr_ flatliner said...

The more you shall honor Me,
the more I shall bless you.
-the Infant Jesus of Prague
(<- Czech Republic, next to Russia)

trustNjesus ALWAYS, dear,
and wiseabove to Seventh-Heaven...
cuzz the only other realm aint too cool.
God bless your indelible soul.

kold_kadavr_ flatliner said...

The more you shall honor Me,
the more I shall bless you.
-the Infant Jesus of Prague
(<- Czech Republic, next to Russia)

trustNjesus ALWAYS, dear,
and wiseabove to Seventh-Heaven...
cuzz the only other realm aint too cool.
God bless your indelible soul.

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