Amara Christmas Celebrations

Following the exciting Christmas jumper day, Amara staff were to be whisked off to The Green Man at Lindsell for a night of Christmas celebration, food and drink organised by the Amara Social Committee. The afternoon passed in a bit of a blur as team by team Amara fleeces were transformed into dresses and suits fit for any occasion.

Since the invites had arrived on desks weeks before, the Christmas party had remained secretive with nothing but rumours and hearsay circulating the Amara offices about what the Social Committee had organised for the team. With everyone dressed to impress, prosecco and beer greeted the staff on arrival, with several canapes of beef carpaccio, prawn wontons and brie puff pastries floating around to satisfy hungry stomachs.

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The 8 Favourites of Christmas: Chocolate

One of the best things about Christmas is the food. In the Amara offices the amount of sweet treats drastically increases as we get closer and closer to Christmas and with just a few days to go, the tins of Heroes, Quality street and Roses have appeared around the offices. With that classic fight for the Maltesers and Green Triangles and an argument about crèmes or no crèmes, we catch up with the Web Development team to find out what they are hoping for…

Harriet: Strawberry Delight from Quality Street
Ross: Chilli Penguins from Hotel Chocolat
Vincenzo: Anything from Vivani
Luis: Toblerone (preferably a 5kg one!)
Ollie: Snickers from Celebrations
Loran: Any dark chocolate, I’m not fussy!
Donatas: Toblerone

At work, how do your team prepare itself during the lead up for the big day?
The Christmas projects start really early for us,

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Amara Staff Impress in Christmas Jumper Competition

Friday 16th December marked both the annual Amara Christmas jumper competition and the national Save the Children Christmas jumper day. With some exceptional prizes for placing first, second or third up for grabs, the team had been briefed that a truly spectacular Christmas jumper – with some element of handmade craftsmanship would take home the top prizes. Cue late night crafting, newfound talents and a whole lot of Pinterest inspiration.

The time and effort put in to each jumper was amazing and with such a high standard and varied ideas, HR decided an additional fourth and fifth prizes were essential. After an intense two rounds of voting in the office, the shortlisted top 10 were whittled down to just five, each of which were announced and awarded with a prize atthe Amara staff party that night. Paying £2 to enter, the day saw surprise entries, awfully timed sickness and a lot of indecisive voting, from first to fifth, here are our winners!

Taking first place: Jessie from Merchandising! Boasting her Delivering Christmas Around the World jumper with hand sewn sequin stars, 3D world, and Amara delivery vehicles, highlighting Amara’s global deliveries. Including a painstakingly put together Airfix plane, DPD delivery van and Santa pulling a delightfully wrapped sleigh-full of presents, she stole the show!

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Copy Win Christmas Desk Decorating!

Christmas well and truly hit the offices this week with the annual desk decorating competition. After the impressive decorations the year before and with the release of prize potentials each team knew from the off that the stakes were high. The specification was simple, transform your teams’ desks into a festive wonderland.

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Sam and Andrew at the Amara Christmas Market

Each team busied themselves on Tuesday evening to prepare their desks for opening on Wednesday, with mysterious footprints appearing, a large number of cardboard boxes arriving from cars and the rustling of tinsel with the festive elves worked long into the night. By 8.30am on Wednesday the desks were ready to be observed and the impressive quality, attention to detail and effort was unbelievable. With judging to be done by everyone in the office and prizes ranging from prosecco to a dinner out, everyone wanted the top prizes. Starting with the top three desks, we explore each team’s creations…

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The 8 Favourites of Christmas: Family Games

The team behind the amazing Christmas imagery both on site and on The Amara Blog have been preparing for the winter season for months and it is time we checked in to find out if they’re ready to celebrate. There is no denying everyone is a fan of a Christmas game or two so we asked the studio what gets their family going during the Christmas dinner afternoon slump.

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Sue: Who Am I?
Mirka:
Card games!
Laura:
Pictionary
Natalie:
What’s In the Box?
Justine:
Cards Against Humanity
Rachel:
Twister!
Rebecca:
Do drinking games count? (#IrishFamily)

At work, how do your team prepare itself during the lead up for the big day?
We’ve been doing Christmas imagery since April! Christmas is year round for us and decorating trees on the hottest day of the year in August was really funny.

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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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