We’re always a bit ahead of most everyone else in town as we decorate the Sara Nelson Design office for the holidays. The WHOLE story is too long to tell here, but it goes back five years, to an open house we held about a week before Thanksgiving.
A local newspaper reporter was that open house and discovered that almost everyone there was connected via social media. They asked if we could “restage” the open house so they could bring a photographer and do a story on it. “Restage” kind of choked (the whole idea was a spontaneous gathering), but we agreed to do it – on the condition that the words “tweet-up” were NOT in the article, since that wasn’t what we were doing.
A week later – two days before Thanksgiving – forty or fifty folks stopped by the office and enjoyed wine, cheesecake and each other for hours. Literally, five hours.
We learned from that that two days before Thanksgiving, people were ready to enjoy the holidays but not necessarily ready to start preparing for the holidays.
Since then, every year, we do an open house at Sara Nelson Design in October. Then the Sunday before Thanksgiving we decorate the office for the holidays. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving we do another open house – and it’s the biggest one every year.
In addition, we sometimes do a December Open House and we keep the office open late for downtown Kennewick’s First Thursday Artwalk through the autumn and early winter months.
It’s a crazy schedule that has nothing to do with wine label or packaging design, but it gives us a chance to catch up with a random collection of friends, family, neighbors, clients, vendors, acquaintances and – usually – a few new folks. It’s fun to watch the “regulars” take over the job of making sure everyone that has someone to talk with. If you choose your friends well, it’s a gathering with twenty or thirty hosts, instead of two or three people running their tails off to keep everyone interested.
We’ll be back to pumping design work in the next post, but for now, have a happy Holiday Season and Merry Christmas to you!