The 8 Favourites of Christmas: Christmas Dinner

Finding ourselves momentarily drifting off, dreaming of that Christmas dinner smell wafting through the house, the sweet honey roasted parsnips and spices of mulled wine on Christmas day got us all thinking, what makes the Christmas dinner SO good? We pull together Graphics and Marketing to let us in on what they just can’t wait to taste on the 25th!

Busy working their creative minds, Adam, Grace, Elle and Zoe talk us through Christmas preparations and their go to Christmas favourite.

Adam: The whole shebang… It’s not a Christmas dinner without it all together!
Grace: Perfectly crisp roast potatoes please!
Elle: SPROUTS– I actually love those little fellas!
Zoe: Pigs in blankets!team-banner-graphics

At work, how do your team prepare itself during the lead up for the big day?
By the time Christmas Day is almost within reach, the Graphics team is checking their lists and checking them twice. Location shoots have been styled, newsletters are ready and any graphic requests have been completed, meaning we can focus on the exciting product design and web development tasks that the New Year brings.

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Amanda Wakeley: Behind the Scenes

Amanda Wakeley, the woman behind the British luxury lifestyle brand of the same name, followed her childhood passion for beautiful fabrics to create this leading force in the fashion industry. Made an OBE for her services to British fashion, Amanda Wakeley has dressed some of the world’s most famous women from Scarlett Johansson to Beyoncé and her flagship boutique showcasing the Wakeley lifestyle resides just a stone’s throw away from Amara in London.

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Centring on luxury, high quality and fine materials, The Amara Collection and Amanda’s lifestyle were sure to go hand in hand. Creative Director Sam Hood, along with a small group of the Amara team visited the flagship Mayfair store to meet Amanda Wakeley and style The Amara Collection amongst the elegant and clean space the flagship store offers.

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The 8 Favourites of Christmas: Christmas Films

‘Tis the season… to spend the dark evenings snuggled at home working your way through the list of classic Christmas films. With less than 20 days to go, we check in with the HR department, Purchasing and Logistics for some film inspiration to see us through the cold and wintry days.

Logistics are working their magic elf powers to ensure that all of Amara’s gifts are delivered before the big day, we find out how Sarah and Nicola are planning to embrace the Christmas spirit.

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Sarah: Elf!
Nicola: Miracle on 34th Street!

At work, how do your team prepare itself during the lead up for the big day?
To ensure Amara are prepared for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday and the Christmas rush, we start preparing back during summer. Predictions have to be as accurate as possible to ensure we plan the shift work and elf working hours within our fulfilment centre correctly. We need to ensure both DPD and DHL trailers are scheduled to collect the volume and ensure the fulfilment centre is equipped to handle the peak period.

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The 8 Favourites of Christmas: Cracker Jokes

With advent calendars popping up all over the Amara office, daily parcel deliveries and the colder weather setting in for good, we thought it was time to lighten the mood with some Christmas jokes. The Customer Services teams work flat out through December and we felt it was only fitting they shared with us their favourite Christmas cracker joke that keeps them all smiling during the ringing phones, emails and live chat requests.

First up we have Hannah, Susie, Sian, Emma, Phoebe and Megan, keeping us guessing with what’s under the Christmas tree this year, they share their favourite joke to share over the Christmas dinner table.team-banner-cs2

Hannah: What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations? Tinsilitis!
Susie: What is the best Christmas present in the world? A broken drum, you just can’t beat it!
Sian: What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney? Claustrophobia!
Phoebe: What does Miley Cyrus have at Christmas? Twerky!
Emma: Who hides in the bakery at Christmas? A mince spy!
Megan: How does Darth Vader like his Christmas turkey? On the dark side!

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North Essex Christmas Appeal 2016

Whilst festivities are in full swing at the Amara offices, Christmas is also a time to reflect on those less fortunate. This year Amara felt it was only right that we should take a part in the North Essex Christmas Gift Appeal. A local campaign, the Gift Appeal was founded in 2008 by Gemma Frost with the aim to deliver a gift on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to elderly residents and adults who will spend Christmas alone.

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With a suggested unisex Christmas gift list of blankets, calendars, chocolate boxes and covered hot water bottles, Natalie of the Social Committee and Ems from Copywriting took the lead to encourage all Amara staff to donate at least one gift to the appeal, with Sam and Andrew matching what staff managed.

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The 8 Favourites of Christmas: Christmas Songs

December the first is about to chime its bells and at Amara the magical radio elves have decided it is indeed time for Christmas FM. With Christmas sounds ringing throughout the office and just 24 days to go, we turn to the Press & PR girls and the Marketing boys to enlighten us to their favourite Christmas songs.

Keen snow enthusiasts, Tom, Dave, Danny and Rob talk us through their commute Christmas playlist and how the Marketing Team ensure they are ready for the Christmas madness!

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Tom: Feliz Navidad – José Feliciano
Dave: Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End) – The Darkness
Danny: Fairytale of New York – The Pogues & Kirsty McColl
Rob: Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea

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