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!
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?
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!