A Norman Rockwell-inspired Christmas, a flurry of gingerbread men and a Scottish Terrier with a taste for flying monkeys – for evidence of the holiday season look no further than the staff offices at the College of New Caledonia.
It’s a traditional event at the college. Staff members spend weeks decorating – vying for the illustrious grand prize – breakfast in the cafeteria.
Prizes are awarded in three categories, says college representative Judy Jackson – best decoration, most creative and best Christmas tree. It is the competition’s fifth year.
The best decorated office was awarded to Human Resources – a plucky underdog that squeaked by the previous-winner, Financial Services, in a heavy-weight tilt.
Financial Services claims the competition was rigged and whispers allegations Human Resources bribed the three-member judging panel with fresh gingerbread cookies and apple cider.
The allegations are all true, says Human Resources, which wowed judges with their Norman Rockwellesque “Traditional Christmas.” Judges were treated to cookies and cider and were invited to seek refuge from the winter chill in the imaginary heat of a hand-painted hearth.
Financial Services tried to overwhelm judges with their “Celebrating the Season” display, which featured desk after desk of holiday cheer and looked like a Christmas grenade had just exploded.
Jackson says the three judges were all “relatively new” employees and they actually needed a guide to find their way from office to office.
And while the battle of the titans raged between HR and FS in the quiet, student-less hallways, it was the small two-person Facilities Department that captured the double crown of most creative and best tree with “Toto’s Christmas in Oz.”
“I only did it so I could bring my dogs to work,” said decorator Darlene Anderson.
The computer department also deserves a special honourable mention for their excellent eight-and-a-half by 11 hand drawn sign and one foot of shiny tinsel.