Holiday Traditions


With the holidays upon us, we thought we’d ask Room & Board employees to share their traditions.

Lisa Scroggins, the manager of our Washington, D.C. store spends her holiday enjoying fruit cake and eggnog. “My mother makes homemade fruit cakes.  This was not my favorite growing up, but have come to enjoy them as an adult because my mother takes the time to make them.  It’s an acquired taste, but I find it delicious with my father’s homemade eggnog spiked with bourbon.”

Merritt Rethlake, a copywriter at our headquarters, appreciates the gift of time. “On Christmas, each family member opens one gift per hour. It makes the celebration last all day and gives time in between opening to actually enjoy the gifts and each other’s company.”

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Gabriela Lambert of our internal communications team has a special tradition. “Some people make Christmas cookies. I make Christmas empanadas. Specifically, I make them for the night we trim our Christmas tree.  Christmas empanadas are a nod to my Argentine heritage and the perfect food to eat while surrounded with boxes of ornaments and tangles of lights. They are portable, yummy and festive, requiring nothing more than a cocktail napkin to eat. We start a fire, crank the tunes, open a nice bottle of Malbec and enjoy a sweet night at home amidst all the holiday brouhaha.”

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Chelsey Shaw, a Design Associate in our Seattle store, has a fun-for-the-whole family tradition: Christmas karaoke. “It’s a little non-traditional but it gets everyone in the festive mood. Some of my favorites? ‘Last Christmas,’ sung in the style of Wham!, ‘Oh Little Christmas Tree,’ sung in the style of Stevie Wonder and ‘You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,’ sung in the style of Thurl Ravencroft.”

Elise Nicpon, the manager of our Edina store, continues her grandma’s tradition. “My Grandma Carlson always made corn chowder on Christmas Eve, so we continue this tradition. We’ve also added fondue to every Christmas Eve celebration. I’m not sure if you could find a heavier combination of food, but it’s a lot of fun, interactive eating and warm food on the typically cold holiday night.”

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Becky Scarcello of our human resources team watches “White Christmas” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” “I also make my Grandma Werner’s Sour Cream and Nutmeg cookies. I like to put the little Red Hots on them too with lots of sprinkled sugar. My two daughters love to decorate them!”

What are your holiday traditions?

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