I Wish That Everyday Could Be Like Christmas!

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Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! The decorations are always beautiful, the time with family is wonderful, but if we were to be completely honest, one of our favorite parts of Christmas is the presents! Looking back over the past holidays, I think we could all agree there is that one favorite gift you will always remember and always cherish! Here are some of our staff’s favorite gifts they ever received on Christmas!

The best Christmas present I ever received was my cat Eddie. He was a gift the year I graduated from Wofford. He loved Christmas because he would sit under the tree on the fuzzy tree skirt for hours and would get lots of turkey treats from my mom. He died 5 years ago but he’s still my #1 favorite present of all time! – Karen Truesdale

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The best Christmas present I ever received was a blue Volkswagen Beetle. And by the expression on my face below, you can tell I was completely surprised! I was 15 years old, had just received my permit to drive and had not even begun to think about what kind of car I wanted. Little did I know, my parents had bought the car 6 months ago and had been hiding it in their friend’s garage that whole time. I loved that bug and enjoyed it for 5 wonderful years! – Shawn Kinard

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My best Christmas gift was in 1973. My parents told me we did not have a lot of money for Christmas and not to expect a lot from Santa that year. When I got up that morning, the only thing I saw was this really cheap blue raincoat. I knew we did not have a lot of money but my goodness – a RAINCOAT – come on! They could see the disappointment on my face. My mom told me to at least act like I was happy about it and let my dad take a picture of me with my new coat on. She told me to put my hand in my pocket and smile and I DID! There was a key to a 1968 Pontiac Firebird. It was red with a black vinyl top and black interior. I loved that car! That is still my favorite car from the several cars I have had since then. – Tanya Henderson

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Although I think they’re pretty common now, the “My Size Barbie” really spun my wheels as a child. I loved all Barbies, but a 3 foot tall Barbie was something to really treasure. I think they were over $100 when they came out in 1992 and I was devastated when my mom told me that they were too expensive. On Christmas morning there she was beside the Christmas tree. Because I’m a tall person in general, she wasn’t technically “My Size,” but that didn’t take away from the excitement. I wasn’t one of those who kept her in pristine condition either so over the next three years, she rode beside me in the Barbie Jeep, had her hair cut and ultimately lost the princess dress and wore my own favorite outfits.-Hannah Barfield

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My grandfather used to tape record us opening up presents on Christmas morning back in the early 1980’s. I grew up in an extended family home living with my parents and grandparents. Back in 1992 when we lost my grandfather we all felt very sad. I remember the family feeling the loss of the family patriarch and sadness throughout the day. As Christmas day went on, my mother and I found the cassette tapes that he had kept and played them for the rest of the evening. This was the best present that I could have ever had. It was a step back into my childhood.- Michael Bays

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The Christmas morning I remember most was when I was probably 10 years old and received a saddle from Santa. I had been horseback riding for about 2 years and continued to do so throughout high school – so receiving my first saddle was a big deal! I remember it hanging over the back of a chair in our living room, chestnut leather shining in all its glory! I was so excited. – Courtney Mebane

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My favorite Christmas gift was when I received a Sport 4-wheeler when I was about 15 years old. Unfortunately for my parents, this just opened the door to me spending about every weekend racing up and down tracks and trails in the woods. – Zandr Tesolowski

What is your most favorite present you have ever received for Christmas?

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10 Tips for Employers on Welcoming New Hires

A new employee’s experience on their first day and during the first few weeks is critical to their overall impression of your company. Below are some suggestions to make the transition into a new company and new role as smooth as possible.

1. Make sure the new employee’s office area is clean and the desk drawers don’t have any unnecessary items from previous employees. This may seem like a given but is many times overlooked.

2. Have business cards and a name plate for the desk printed ahead of time.

3. Have the new employee come in later than normal on the first day. This allows you to get any high priority things done first so that when they arrive, you can give them your full attention.

4. Give a tour of the office, being sure to point out restrooms, supply areas, break room, parking areas, etc.

5. Review policies and procedures thoroughly and allow plenty of time for questions. You may be surprised at how many small details you have forgotten since you last read the company’s policies.

6. Inform the receptionist of the employee’s start date and the correct pronunciation of their name.

7. Make sure current employees know when the new employee is starting and include a short bio on the employee. Nothing says you’re welcome here like half the staff not knowing who you are!

8. Have logins, email accounts and passwords ready.

9. Introduce the new employee to other staff members and designate one person to be a point of contact for questions or concerns over the first few weeks.

10. Invite the new employee out to lunch. This is always a nice touch and again makes them feel very welcome!

What are some ways your company makes new hires feel special?