Our office will be closed from 23rd December to 3rd January as we will all be off enjoying the festive season.
We spent a couple of hours last Friday afternoon giving our office a truly festive make-over. With Ellie still in New Zealand following the LED and TBLT conferences; Tommi away on a long weekend and Martisse at a Christmas party in Bath, Sarah and Laura were left to do all the hard (!) work.
We put on our favourite Christmas CD, opened the Lebkuchen, emptied out the decoration boxes and set to it. Special features of our Christmas grotto/office include the return of the tinsel curtain (bigger and better than last year’s); Father Christmas lights in the window; stockings for each of us hung on the book shelves (an anagram of our initials is “lamest”!) and, new for 2011, a real Christmas tree! Here’s a photo, and you can click this link to see a 360° scrollable image: http://360.io/jPzPqa.
Then yesterday we had a visit from Tommi’s parents, Mike and Marjukka. Marjukka had been very busy making us a special Finnish Christmas treat: a gingerbread house, or “piparkakkutalo” in Finnish. As we’ve been learning Finnish as our Language of the Month, we’ve been trying very hard to perfect our pronunciation of various words and, although we’ve now mastered “Teetä?” (“Would you like some tea?”) and “Kiitos” (“Thank you”), “piparkakkutalo” is beyond our current capability! We’re currently enjoying just looking at the beautiful piparkakkutalo, although I’m sure we won’t be able to resist tucking in before too long!
We believe our office might be the glitziest office in the world, but to prove there are others who take decorating or baking as seriously as we do, we’d love to see a photo of what you’ve done to celebrate the festive season. In fact, we’ve decided to launch a competition: we’ll be giving away a free copy of one of our books (winner’s choice!) to our favourite photo. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and our favourites might even get a mention on our blog.