In the spirit of Christmas, we’ve all been talking about our plans for the holidays around the office and all the things we’re excited to do over the next week. Our tradition for the corporate office is to collect toys for Toys for Tots. As you can see from the picture above, we had a great time shopping this year. Toys for Tots, with the assistance of local social welfare agencies, church groups, and other local community agencies, distribute the toys to the less fortunate children of the community and we’re always so thrilled to help with this amazing foundation.
There were a lot of other fun holiday traditions shared over the past couple weeks by our team. Enjoy these stories and pictures from a few members of the staff here at Mosquito Joe. We hope you enjoy participating in your own traditions around your house this season as well!
Our Director of Marketing Angela Zerda Paules has a toasty holiday tradition!
“Tom and Jerry’s! This is our family’s traditional Christmas drink and one of our biggest traditions of the holidays. When we were kids, once we got past Santa age, we leveraged them to get to open our presents early – on Christmas Eve instead of waiting for Christmas Day (the magic number was 2 for my mom). Both my brother and I continue to make it with our families so it will certainly continue through the generations.”
If you want to incorporate a Tom and Jerry into your traditions this year (or get your mom to let you open presents early!) you’ll need bourbon, rum, powdered sugar, eggs and nutmeg – and you’ll have to contact Angela to convince her to divulge the recipe.
Director of Franchising Jodi Ramoino’s tradition includes sweet memories of family and cookies! (two of our favorite things)
“My Aunt Carol was a fabulous cook and baker. Growing up, she would have me and my siblings over a couple Saturdays before Christmas and we would bake up a storm. We would each pick out a cookie recipe (or 2) and we would just bake and bake and bake all day long. We’d end up with several different types of cookies including Mexican Wedding cakes, “S” Cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and of course cut outs that were frosted and decorated.”
Check out the picture of their favorite recipe. We love the instruction to “cool on wire rack out of Don’s reach.”
Marketing Assistant Tracey Willmott’s tradition included encounters with the man in the red suit that most kids don’t get the opportunity to have!
“A family friend of ours would dress up and go to all of the kids’ houses a few nights before Christmas unannounced. He would “somehow” have the letters we sent to the North Pole weeks before, and he would bring us one gift from our list. Then he’d give us ornaments with our names on it and magically disappear into the night. This is the reason why I believed in Santa until an embarrassingly old age.”
It’s okay Tracey, we still believe, too.
Thanks for the opportunity to make outside fun again in 2015, we can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for us. Whatever your holiday and whatever your traditions, we hope they are both wonderful and that you are surrounded by lots of laughter, family and fun! We wish you a very MoJo Christmas and a swat-free new year!