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December 1st, 2019
Welcome to the Fun Enterprises Monthly Newsletter
From all of us here at Fun Enterprises, we wish you a wonderful Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year!
The Fun Enterprises offices will be closed for the week of 12/23 - 12/27 for the holidays. We will reopen on 12/30. Any events scheduled will happen as planned. For urgent matters you can always reach us on our mobile phone 617-633-4103.
Now that Thanksgiving is in the rearview, we move our attention to December and one of the busiest months of the year for most people. Getting everything ready for the holidays can be exhausting. Personally, I always feel the pressure of the holiday season with trying to do it all myself. I'm a little over the top with making things perfect for Christmas. Over the years, I've literally built up this laundry list of work for myself to achieve every year in order for Christmas to be perfect. It sounds crazy, I know, but there are a lot of people who do this too.
Last year, everything changed for me. I moved into a new home on December 15th. Obviously, I couldn’t do all the regular things and get everything "perfect". I had no choice but to let go of some things. There simply wasn't time to do it all. Guess what? Christmas was really great anyway. It seems all this time I was driving myself crazy; I say myself because it seemed I was the only one worried about some of the things I thought were so important.
So, think to yourself, before you start feeling that pressure, are all the things you do absolutely necessary? Is there anything that your family might not even notice is gone or changed? Are you fixating on the details and loosing the big picture? Get back to the basics and start enjoying the holiday again. Believe in the magic of the season and let go!
5 Ways to Streamline Your Holiday Shopping
25 Ways to fight holiday stress
How to enjoy Christmas without the stress
Does your company plan a staff retreat in January? Perhaps you have a Team Bonding day to gather staff and reconnect after a busy year.
Here at FUN we are planning a retreat for January, but we are planning to break up the day with Fun activities and guest facilitators. Make the most of your staff retreat - contact AC Anders to brainstorm some ideas for your team bonding time. A few of our more popular programs are:
Paint Party, Giant Games, Game Show Mania and Survey Says, Scavenger Hunts and Many other Team Bonding programs.
We also have several programs for volunteer events: Bear Friends Forever, Ceramic Pots, Tie-Dye T-shirts
It doesn't cost anything to give AC a call!
Winter is Coming!
Winter break is almost here. Are you so busy getting ready for finals that you haven't even thought about what to do with your time off? Do you have a vague vision of hanging out with friends and family for the holidays? Don't end up on your parents couch streaming Netflix or playing 2K for days on end.
How about doing something productive? I know, you're coming off a long difficult fall semester and need to de-compress, but here are some suggestions that you might want to consider:
Smart Moves Students Can Make Over Winter Break
Are you a Freshman preparing for your first winter break? A little reality check:
What They Don't Tell You About Your First Winter Break From College
If you're a spring 2020 graduate (or even if your not) you may want to check out this page on what to expect as you transition from a student into the workforce. Winter Break is a great time to get ahead of the game with your loans.
How to Pay Off Student Loans Fast: 15 Ways to Deal With Your Debt
A lot of students stop looking for scholarships after they enter college, probably because they don't have the time... until now.
21 JANUARY SCHOLARSHIPS TO APPLY TO OVER WINTER BREAK
Resolve to Make 2020 Better!
It’s that time of year again when many people make their New Year’s Resolutions. If we are being honest, I stopped making them years ago. There is nothing wrong with using the beginning of the year to take stock of where you are in life as you plan for the coming year. If you are going to make some resolutions this year, I have a few suggestions...read more from Ken Abrahams.
Should corporations think about getting in on the resolution business? My feeling is, why not? Below are just a few ideas on areas where corporations can make a big difference. So, resolve to...read more
Snapshots of 30 years
by Ken Abrahams
Loyal readers of this publication are well aware that in 2020 FUN Enterprises, Inc. will celebrate 30 years of being in business. Periodically we will write about some of the more interesting events we have worked on in those 30 years.
Most school children know the rhyme about Christopher Columbus, in 1492 he sailed the ocean blue. What some of you might not know is that in 1992 to honor the 500th anniversary of this occasion, one of the largest collections of tall ships ever assembled came to Boston, it was called Sail Boston. Polaroid was one of the signature sponsors of the event and we did a lot of business with Polaroid at the time. We also owned a piece of equipment that they manufactured that not many people in the country owned. Think of it as a large photo copier that made 8X10” copies.
As part of their sponsorship, they set up a photo station at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal where several of the ships were docked. Polaroid sold product and equipment, but they didn’t have photographers or costumes to do souvenir photos. That is where FUN came in. Originally, they were looking for someone that could do period photographs with people dressed from the time of Columbus. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find anyone with enough costumes to make it work, but they found our Yesteryear Antique Photo program and asked if we could do the Columbus period clothing they were interested in. Unfortunately, we could not. What we were able to offer were our standard costumes with a few colonial costumes added to the mix. They agreed and so we provided exactly that.
For the better part of a week, we were very involved in SAIL Boston. On the first day for the Parade of Sail (when all of the ships arrived) we were moved to the VIP area where a number of sponsors, politicians and other important folks got to view the procession. It meant arriving hours before the festivities started in order to get our equipment to the location it was needed, but it was worth it. Not many photos were taken but we had a front row seat as they majestic ships made their way to their berths, spread out over the City's waterfront.
For the next week, give or take, we went every day to our location at the Cruise terminal. It was interesting talking to people from all over the world and trying to communicate with people that spoke no English. We would have needed Google Translator (not yet invented) in order to speak the myriad of languages that we heard during our time on the waterfront. Gestures became the language of the day. Some of those hand signals were effective, while others were a little questionable but there was no denying it was an enjoyable experience for our staff and hopefully for those we interacted with.
Be sure to check back in more issues of the Funny Pages to hear about things like “Danger Will Robinson”, “An OBGYN Christmas”, “Was that Markie Mark sitting on your lap” and other brushes with celebrities.
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Pie-A-Legend at NACA Northeast
Ken took a few pies off the face for a great cause! Over $500 raised for the Education Foundation.
Check out Joel Christian Gill's new book!
Joel Christian Gill (Strange Fruit, Fast Enough) and Oni Press have announced their next collaboration, Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence, a graphic memoir documenting the creator’s childhood to be released in 2020.
Oni’s description of the comic reads: “Fights is Joel Christian Gill’s visceral and deeply affecting memoir chronicling his youth and coming of age as a poor Black child in a chaotic southern landscape of rough city streets and foreboding backwoods during the crack cocaine boom of the 1980s.” click here for more
Click here to pre-order your copy
Contact Bonnie Fox at (253-229-4390 or [email protected] to book Joel for your next Speaking Engagement
It's not too late to bring some FUN into your company’s holiday party! Certain dates are sold out, at this point, on some items, but we still have plenty of amazing programs your staff/students will love.
Call us at 781-436-3187 right away if you want to check on availability! We still have plenty of options available for New Year's Eve Parties as well!
We need Event Staff - Pass the word!
We are looking for full and part time event staff. Candidates should be personable, enthusiastic individuals with a strong work ethic and a commitment to customer service.
- High School Diploma or GED Certificate is preferred.
- Must be personable, hardworking and able to work independently.
- Strong customer service orientation.
- Strong attention to detail and follow through.
- Proven proficiency in the use of computer equipment/applications.
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in written and verbal formats.
- Punctual for all jobs and assignments.
- Be able to lift 40 lbs. and stand up for prolonged periods of time.
- Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle and a clean driving record.
Please send inquiries to: [email protected]
Really Random Trivia
1. In the 1964 classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” what was the name of Rudolph’s faithful elf companion?
2. what is the biggest selling Christmas single or all time?
See below for the answer
2020 is our 30th year in Business!
We asked our Artist staff to participate in a contest for the making of our 30th Anniversary Logo. Several artists submitted designs and the staff chose the winner.
Congratulations to Mark Gallagher, our in-house graphic designer, for the winning design.
Christmas Word Search
1. Hermey, the elf
2. White Christmas
Word Search Answer:
Newsletter written and edited by Debra Holland - December 2019