Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String? Nope, Not Our Favorite Thing. But We’ll Tell You What Is…
Has it been a whole year already? OMG.
 
So we took like a 3 hour nap and here it is once again, time to string up the lights, deck the halls, trim the tree and shop on Amazon until we’re broke and mostly dead on the inside.
 
As adults, the holiday season means so much more than it did when we were merely Santa obsessed children. Here’s some holly jolly truth…
 
1. Instead of making our Christmas list to send to the North Pole, we now spend 4 days sending out obnoxious family Christmas cards to people we hardly know, or like for that matter.
 
2. Instead of running home to sled and play in the snow with friends after school, we now spend 3 hours stuck in traffic trying to get home from work because everyone over the age of 70 is terrified to drive in flurries.
 
3. Instead of watching Christmas TV specials in warm fuzzy penguin pajamas after dinner each night, we now rush out of the house to go to Rite Aid at 11:00 in ripped sweatpants and a stained t-shirt because we forgot about secret Santa day at work tomorrow.
 
4. Instead of going to sleep with visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads, we now pass out drunk from mass quantities of whiskey nog and wake up with earth shattering hangovers that last through Easter.
 
If you’re anything like us, it can be easy to misplace that euphoric Christmas feeling you held onto so dearly when you were young. To help breathe some magic back into our holiday season and yours, we asked the elves at the Scriptable Solutions workshop to tell us some of their triumphant favorites from Christmas past and present. Heck if Julie Andrews can go on and on about bright copper kettles and schnitzel with noodles, so can we.
 
Here are a few favorite things that help us put the jingle back in our bells:
 
(Side Note: This staff list is ordered by the amount of time spent working at Scriptable Solutions – not by awesomeness. Santa knows that list would look seriously different.)



Mark Caron
Title: Co-Top Dog of Scriptable Solutions, LLC.
Years with Scriptable Solutions: 14
 
1. What is your favorite gift to give?
 
“A well thought-out “joke” stocking gift (with meaning).”
 
2. What is your favorite gift to get?
 
“Scotch, scotch, scotch…I like scotch (whiskey actually).”
 
3. What is your favorite Christmas meal?
 
“The same as Thanksgiving (can’t beat turkey & mashed).”
 
4. What is your favorite Christmas TV special?
 
“The Year Without a Santa Claus (only for the heat & snow misers).”
 
5. What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
 
“Putting up the Christmas tree/decorations (inside & out).”
 
6. What is your favorite thing to do or place to go in Rochester during Christmas time?
 
CGI Auto Museum. RPO Holiday Pops Concert.”



Eric Caron
Title: Co-Top Dog of Scriptable Solutions, LLC.
Years with Scriptable Solutions: 14
 
1. What is your favorite gift to give?
 
“I would say the “big/major” gifts that are given to my kids are the best.  They are always surprised at the end of the un-wrapping festivities.”
 
2. What is your favorite gift to get?
 
“Not too sure on this one…maybe my favorite gift that I remember was my bike when I was 12.”
 
3. What is your favorite Christmas meal?
 
“Always the spread on Christmas Eve…usually different appetizers and desserts.”
 
4. What is your favorite Christmas TV special?
 
“Prep and Landing.”
 
5. What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
 
“Christmas movie marathon…everyone on the couch in front of a fire.”
 
6. What is your favorite thing to do or place to go in Rochester during Christmas time?
 
“Either going to the Pops at the Eastman Theater or A Christmas Carol at the Geva Theater.”



Jennifer Bianchi
Title: Creative Content Scribbler
Years with Scriptable Solutions: 6
 
1. What is your favorite gift to give?
 
“If I can find something that is spot on for someone, that’s the best. Nothing beats a really creative, personal gift. But if I can’t find anything…you’ll just get an Amazon Echo.”
 
2. What is your favorite gift to get?
 
“Wine or any gadget used for opening, serving, storing or drinking wine. And pajamas. The best drinking accessory = pajamas. You might want to write that down.”
 
3. What is your favorite Christmas meal?
 
“If I don’t have to cook it…it’s my favorite. But I do enjoy a repeat Thanksgiving dinner on Christmas. It’s my top meal of all-time - so any chance I get to stuff my face with it, I’ll take it, and eat it, and eat it again the next day.”
 
4. What is your favorite Christmas TV special?
 
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I can relate to the misfit toys. And when I don’t shave, the Abominable Snowman.”
 
5. What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
 
“When I was little we used to decorate the tree every year listening to Elvis’ Christmas Album. My dad would do his best Elvis impersonation while my sister and I acted as his light stringing, ornament hanging backup singers. The rest of the family was always involved – I just don’t remember their role in our band.”
 
6. What is your favorite thing to do or place to go in Rochester during Christmas time?
 
“My parent’s house on Christmas day.”



Adam Sweet
Title: Social Media Shark
Years with Scriptable Solutions: 5
 
1. What is your favorite gift to give?
 
“New tech gadgets or cool electronics. Working on computers all day my friends and family expect me to be up on what’s trendy and cool in the tech world.”
 
2. What is your favorite gift to get?
 
“Cash is always best for me because the holidays are so busy, I usually can’t think of what I really need till after it’s over. And what better gift when we know… “cash rules everything around me” – Wu-Tang Clan”
 
3. What is your favorite Christmas meal?
 
“I always look forward to my family cooking “Baked Brie Puff Pastry”. I enjoy it as an appetizer and part of the main meal. It’s something my mom introduced when I was very young and I can’t remember a Christmas without it.”
 
4. What is your favorite Christmas TV special?
 
“I was fascinated with the Claymation Christmas Specials as a child, and now as an adult I still enjoy them. The uniqueness in style never gets old.”
 
5. What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
 
“I always look forward to our family’s Christmas Morning Breakfast/Brunch. It’s like a “Thanksgiving Breakfast” usually before presents.”
 
6. What is your favorite thing to do or place to go in Rochester during Christmas time?
 
“I haven’t been in a long time but visiting NYC during Christmas is amazing. The insane lights and spirit of the people is like a movie, it never gets old!”



Chelsey Merlino
Title: Graphic Design Diva
Years with Scriptable Solutions: 4
 
1. What is your favorite gift to give?
 
“A Smirnoff, gets them every time! #ICED”
 
2. What is your favorite gift to get?
 
“Jen’s kicking peanut butter chocolate kiss cookies, they make me feel so warm and cozy inside. They are the most amazing cookies and because I am saying this, I should qualify to receive a few more…”
 
3. What is your favorite Christmas meal?
 
“Doesn’t everyone have the same Christmas meal? Ham, potatoes, stuffing, cardones, stuffed artichokes? Or should I just say pizza? One word. Final answer. Pizza.”
 
4. What is your favorite Christmas TV special?
 
“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
 
5. What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
“Sippin’ whiskey by the fire.”
 
6. What is your favorite thing to do or place to go in Rochester during Christmas time?
 
“Christmas Parties…who doesn’t like to party?”



Nicole Morgan
Title: Page Layout Puppet Master
Years with Scriptable Solutions: 1.5 years
 
1. What is your favorite gift to give?
 
“Gift cards (because I am lazy and they are the easiest!)”
 
2. What is your favorite gift to get?
 
“Wine or video games.”
 
3. What is your favorite Christmas meal?
 
“My favorite meal was when my grandma used to make an Italian dinner on Christmas Eve of spaghetti with homemade meatballs and sauce, greens, and her amazing Italian cookies.”
 
4. What is your favorite Christmas TV special?
 
“The Year Without a Santa Claus or A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
 
5. What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
 
“Baking cookies with my family every year (and the company Christmas party, duuuuh).”
 
6. What is your favorite thing to do or place to go in Rochester during Christmas time?
 
“The Keg Tree Lighting at Genesee Brew House.”

May Peace, Happiness and Prosperity be yours during this holiday season and throughout the New Year! Merry Christmas!

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