As December approached (as it does once a year), we at GALE became riddled with a nagging question: ’tis what exactly, the reason for the season?
We searched under fir trees, behind pines, between ferns. We looked under pear trees and conferred with partridges. We asked Dasher, and Dancer, and Donner and Blitzen. Unabated, we searched all through the office and found nothing stirring, not even an answer.
It’s difficult to reach a consensus on what “the holidays” mean and how we should celebrate them. So, we commemorated the season that Shall Not Be Named over the course of 12 days in a great many ways.
At their core, the holidays are a time for giving. Several times this month, our team had the opportunity to get out of the office and into the community. Some of us volunteered at the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club annual holiday party, and helped out during a night that is unique and special for TKBGC members and family.
As an office, we collected books and warm clothes in support of Red Door Family Shelter. We organized a Secret Santa where we drew names and ages and picked up thoughtful gifts that our coworkers would have loved (theoretically) as kids. All gifts were donated to the CP24 / Chum FM Christmas Wish and will be distributed to children in need. Hopefully someone gets a good run out of the crossbow we had in our office for too short a time.
We sent some of our early risers to King Station to ring bells and ask commuters to part with extra coins in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank. Chia, GALE’s Project Coordinator who volunteered on a Monday morning at 7:30 AM, came into work feeling especially cheerful that day.
On top of community contribution, we can all agree that the holidays are about treating ourselves. We mixed holiday cocktails and brought in treats for a bake sale (all proceeds went to the Daily Bread Food Bank). We adorned the office with Christmas lights and other mirthful essentials. We decorated gingerbread houses (and men, and cats, and dogs).