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Every December, Faithlife has a Christmas decorating contest. What’s at stake? Free lunch and bragging rights. Teams and departments duke it out to prove once and for all who has the most holiday spirit, creativity, and determination.
This is serious business.
Bob Pritchett, CEO of Faithlife, has always insisted on using an outside judge—someone impartial. This year, we brought in Anne-Marie Faiola. You might remember her from our women in leadership speaking series. She brought her husband and two kids to help (cookie-bribes may have been involved).
There were skits, elves, toy trains, Santa himself, hipsters singing carols, dressed-up dogs, and more. It was quite a sight.
In the next display, you may notice that there are more than a few snowflakes hanging from the ceiling. That’s thanks to Jani Snell. She’d been planning for this contest since last December. “Last year, the competition was rigged,” said Jani. “My team cut out hundreds of snowflakes and created the most beautiful winter wonderland, and we lost. I’ve been part of a winning decorating team in the past, so to have a loss associated with my name was unacceptable.”
So what’d she do? She saved all those snowflakes she cut out during Netflix marathons and hung them up again this year, with a new theme and a new team.
And she wasn’t the only one who planned ahead. “In early November, Glenn Airoldi popped into my office one morning and said, ‘Christmas decorating contest. You in?’ Uh, duh! To work with a group that was set on winning made the work that much easier.”
Being in the large department category this year meant that Jani had about 15 people volunteer their time to help out, including a core group of six who put in at least four hours to pull off “Gingerbread Lane.”
“I expected to win based on the amount of sweat and paper cuts that went into the project,” Jani says. “I mean, my coworker electrocuted herself twice making sure that all the lights were perfect. The night before judging, a group of us stayed from 5:00 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. to make sure everything was perfect.”
Like I said, this contest is a big deal.
“I think the only thing that kept us going was the drive to win,” Jani says.
Take a trip down “Gingerbread Lane”:
Next came the holiday hipster exhibit.
The fine print says, “Please don’t feed the hipsters gluten or dairy products. (Or meat, GMO’s, MSG, high-fructose corn syrup, and artificial colors or flavors of any kind). Permitted foods include: kale chips, gulps of air, and GF cardboard.”
No trees were harmed in the decorating of this space.
This year, for the first time, design joined in on the decorating fun. Branson Anderson rallied the troops and transformed “DSGNHVN” into a modern winter wonderland.
“We can’t help but work on Christmas decorations like a design project,” Branson said. “We had a brainstorming meeting, made moodboards, created a design document detailing our plan. We had to visualize everything.”
“We got pretty serious about how we hung letter snowflakes,” Branson says. “Are we modulating height in a compelling way? Is our distribution right? Like I said, we can’t help but design it.”
It may have been serious, but it was far from boring.
“We had a huge turnout. It was a really great time. We were blasting Christmas music, eating food, and enjoying each other’s company.”
When it was all said and done, our judges selected a winner for small and large departments, and then Bob announced the winners at our company Christmas party at Semiahmoo Resort.
“Gingerbread Lane” in marketing won the award for best-decorated large department, and our facilities team sealed the win for small departments with “All Wrapped Up.”
“As Faithlife grows, so does the Christmas decorating competition,” said Kensey Burdick, who helped decorate “Gingerbread Lane. “After hours of painting peppermints, wrapping boxes, and hanging snowflakes, it felt great to win! Not only does the winning team get a free lunch from Faithlife, they get an entire year of bragging rights!”
But it’s not all about winning. “It’s fun to see coworkers get so creative and excited about Christmas,” Kensey said. “It’s not every day you get to see your manager wearing a Santa suit! We don’t just work hard at Faithlife—we play hard, too.”
So how much time did they put into this? “Too much!” Jani said. “I think I put in about 16 hours. This is definitely the most work I’ve put into the decorating contest, and I don’t think I have the energy to repeat that next year.”
Next December is a long ways away, but something tells me Jani will still have her stash of snowflakes next year.
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Last Saturday, Faithlife took a trip up to the Semiahmoo resort, near Canada, for our annual Christmas party. The dress code was “as nice as you like,” and the evening was a festive mix of classy and casual.
Over the last four years, Faithlife has doubled in size. With that kind of growth our list of possible venues near Bellingham grows smaller each year. Last year, we had a little over 300 employees, and we gathered in one central room with our guests. This year, the Faithlife Christmas party sprawled across four separate sections of the Semiahmoo Resort with a different selection of food and entertainment in each area.
At 5:30 p.m. the doors opened to the Protea String Quartet, and the stream of people never stopped.
A half hour later, our friends from Oh Snap! Photo Booth and The Upfront Theater set up shop, so people could get pictures with friends or have some laughs between bites to eat.
Beckie Rosillio from the video team scoured the resort for Kodak moments like these:
Beckie has been taking photos at our employee Christmas party every year since she got here, and by the end of the night there was a line of people waiting for her to take their annual Christmas photo.
In the main ballroom, stand up comedian Jeff Allen took the stage and had people literally throwing back their heads in laughter:
Throughout the night, everyone was free to roam between rooms, so there was never a dull moment.
The Upfront Theater crew took a break and then returned for a final show. This time, the improvised comedy somehow led to a soap opera wedding (don’t ask me to explain how it got there):
After the entertainment wrapped up for the evening, it was time for Bob’s annual speech about how much he loves working with us, why we do what we do, and of course, Faithlife’s famous raffle.
As always, when it comes to thanking his employees, Bob went big. Thousands of dollars in gift cards were given away, brand-new tablets were handed out, and there was even a Playstation 4 and an Xbox One thrown in the mix.
When the raffle was over, only one thing remained: Christmas carols. Max Morin and Josh Warren from design led the company in a couple of carols, and the evening came to a close.
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This fall, we launched Logos 6. We also released a brand-new base package: Collector’s Edition. It’s the biggest, most valuable base package we’ve ever made. It contains over $99,900 worth of Bible study resources. This Christmas, we’re giving one away for free.
But that’s not all.
What could be better than getting the world’s best Bible software and thousands of digital books for free? Getting a free, brand-new computer with it.
This year, we’re giving one lucky winner a Macbook Pro, preloaded with Logos 6 Collector’s edition. That’s a prize worth more than $10,000.
Collector’s Edition has more commentaries, original-language tools and resources, theology texts, journals, sermons, and collected works than any Logos base package we’ve ever made. There’s over 5,000 total resources. Nearly 14 million links to Bible passages. Over 1.5 million pages of content. And almost 23 million connections between your resources. That means no matter what you’re reading, there will always be a clear path to even deeper insights.
With Logos 6 Collector’s Edition, you get enough resources and connections between them to keep finding new insights for the rest of your life. And with the time you’ll save, you’ll have more life to enjoy.
Not a book person, you say? Great! Logos 6 is packed with interactive media to help you study the Word of God visually, and it’s powerful datasets make sure that every time you open a book, you get more out of it than you ever could in print. (Or, you could give it to your pastor!)
Enter now for your chance to win this exclusive prize pack! (See official rules here.)
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Learn more about Logos 6, and find out why pastors, ministry leaders, professors, and lay people can’t get enough of it.
“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” —Genesis 1:3
To the coming king:
“After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped
To the Savior himself:
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” —John 8:12
This Christmas, share this video with your friends and loved ones as a reminder of what the season is all about—the light of the world:
And as a thank you for Proclaim users, this video is now available in your Proclaim media library to share with your congregation. If you have Proclaim and a Pro Media subscription (or purchase one before Dec. 23), you’ll also receive a matching welcome video customized with your church’s name.
From all of us at Faithlife, merry Christmas!
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Continue exploring Scripture with the resources featured in the Logos Christmas sale. While you’re there, enter to win a MacBook Pro along with Logos 6 Collector’s Edition (a digital library worth $10,000.00).