Shorter days, dark sooner, harsh weather conditions… As the official start of winter approaches, we reached out to our employees to see how they SURVIVE WINTER. The daily commute may be a bit slower, but our employees know how to get outdoors or snuggle in to beat those winter blues! Below are several accounts from Whitepagers from each of our office locations: Seattle, New York City, and Budapest. Read on to see how they fight the freeze!
Adrienn is the Office Manager in our Budapest location. She goes the extra mile making our employees feel festive and warm:
In Budapest, it gets dark around 4:00 PM, which is very devastating — but sometimes we have amazing sunsets. We just had the first snowfall on 29 November! It was really beautiful, especially viewing from the office. Unfortunately, here in downtown as soon as the snow falls it melts immediately, so it’s just mud everywhere.
I, personally, just love winter! From October until January I’m constantly in a holiday mood. Thus, I thought why not bring a little Christmas vibe to the office as well? I put out candies and a small Christmas tree, which really makes the employees happy. 🙂
Some ways we survive in the office:
- Lots of fruits and veggies are available throughout the week
- Bi-weekly we have “cookie Wednesday“ to uplift the mood
The winters in New York can be brutal, so Tom, who works for Whitepages Pro Enterprise Sales in our NYC office focuses on the good stuff:
As a life-long New Yorker, here are some of my favorite NY Winter/Christmas things:
- Saks 5th Ave window
- Snow – it comes early! (We got our first flurries this past weekend.)
- A bag of roasted nuts from the street vendor
- Bryant Park Winter Village
- Rockefeller Center tree and ice skating
- A walk through Central Park
- Holiday Festival College Basketball at Madison Square Garden
- Radio City Christmas show (who doesn’t like the Rockettes?)
- Dinner at Carmine’s sometime between Christmas and New Year’s (a family tradition)
- Inexpensive matinee theatre tickets
- Plaza Hotel Lobby – nicest holiday decorations, for the true Home Alone 2 experience, a great place to take a family photo!
Kathryn, our Whitepages Pro Events Marketing Manager, enjoys taking winter adventures:
I love the outdoors and go on hikes every weekend during the winter, even in the rain or snow. I find that embracing the weather and exploring this beautiful area we live in keeps me sane and happy during the gloomy months. We try to go see Christmas lights every year. Last year we went to Stanwood.
Samantha, an Account Executive, LOVES the winter, especially with her four-legged companion!
Despite the constant battle to try to stay warm and dry, I love having the excuse to snuggle up with my dog and a blanket during the winter months. The crisp cold air and holiday spirit definitely outweigh even the rainiest of days here in Seattle, and I love the fresh new start that January brings. Having grown up in Alaska, I welcome the short days and long nights which further provoke my preference to hit the sheets early and wake up before the rest of the world to hit the pavement for a run (with my dog and a headlamp of course!)
Rebecca, a Reliability Engineer in our Seattle Office is also a big fan of winter:
I love winter time, mainly because of the contrast between the dark and all the lights that come up all around the city. We put our Christmas tree up the same weekend the clocks turned back, which I think was early November. There was some slight outrage from friends about it, but this time of year nothing beats cozying up in front of the warmth of the fire, surrounded by those lights while it’s cold and dark outside.
Security and Compliance Manager Sean isn’t a big fan of the winter weather but makes the most of it with his family:
Winter is not my favorite (cold, dark!), but I like the occasional snow days with my kids. We go to Hyak in the Cascades for a day and pack our sledding disks, snacks, and hot cocoa. We don’t have fancy snow gear, so we wear all our wool this-and-that in layers. We also hike, so we wear our hiking boots with lots of wool and cotton socks. Every other year, our little family joins our bigger Boise family for the Christmas holiday. Tubing is always on the agenda and Idaho has lots of tubing places that are really fun. This year, we will try snowshoeing too!
From all of us at Whitepages, we wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season! Stay warm!