The holiday season is here, and we’re jumping for joy! Some of the best parts about December are the holiday movie marathons that take place. We can’t wait to sit around the house in our PJs, watching these classics with our loved ones. Here are some of our favorite holiday movies and why we love them!

1. It’s a Wonderful Life – The most classic Christmas movie ever. Clarence and Zuzu’s petals and the Bank and Loan and Jimmy Stewart in the 40’s, ah. It’s a Christmas Eve tradition to drink egg nog, watch the whole movie and then catch the Santa tracker on the local broadcast station. Don’t forget: every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings!

2. Home Alone – Where are all the ’90s kids at? It’s hard not to watch this movie every year, as it seems to be on every channel at all hours of the day (which is perfectly okay with us). KEVIN?!?!?! Beware: the sequels are terrible (except the second one, according to Rachel).

3. A Christmas Story – The nostalgia! There’s nothing better than getting to relive your nerdy, dysfunctional childhood all over again. We can’t wait to watch this one and quote along with every iconic line. Thank goodness for the 24 hour marathon on TBS!

4. Elf – It’s hard to believe this one didn’t exist before 2004 – it’s such a classic! Just your typical movie about accidentally being transported to the North Pole as a toddler to be raised alongside Santa’s elves…wait, what? Buddy the Elf is absolutely hilarious, and if you aren’t constantly quoting this movie in your everyday life, you’re doing things wrong. SANTAAAAA!!!!!!

5. Eighty Crazy Nights – An animated Hanukkah movie might not be top of mind for a holiday classic, but it’s definitely one to remember. Invite your Jewish friends over and sing The Chanukah Song at the top of your lungs – “instead of one day of presents, we get eight crazy nights!”

What are some of your favorite holiday movies to watch during the winter season? Let us know in the comments below!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, reminding us all that this year is almost over. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect back on the year, thinking about what we have accomplished and how we can improve. It is a time to contemplate what we are thankful for, as we spend time with friends, family and loved ones. Our team at Wellington Group Marketing and PR has decided to share our favorite Thanksgiving traditions and why it is such a special holiday to us.

Dawn – We love the holidays at our house! Thanksgiving is one of our favorites – good food, running the Turkey Trot together, time with friends and family, late afternoon naps with football playing in the background, and most importantly time to give thanks and reflect on all that we have. While I don’t get to do this every year, one of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions (I’ve been doing this since I was in high school) is to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast at several homes. It’s basically Thanksgiving dinner hopping and I love it. You really can’t beat a traditional Thanksgiving feast, and I like to be able to enjoy one as many times as possible in one day. I also love being sent home with leftovers!

Rachel – My favorite Thanksgiving tradition involves walking to the neighborhood park with my family after we are stuffed and full of wine. My cousins and I always fight over the swings and relive our glory days as kids sliding down the playground slide. It’s a great chance to catch up with family and reflect on all that we are thankful for!

Julia – For the past two years, I’ve participated in the ThunderCloud Turkey Trot and have loved it. It’s a great way to burn calories before the big meal and come together as a community. This year though, I’ve signed up to help the Austin homeless shelters with their Thanksgiving meal, which I hope will become my new tradition. I also love spending time with my family and watching the UT football game.

Nicole – Almost every Thanksgiving, my whole family is able to come together from across the U.S. to spend the holiday together. The tradition of my whole family meeting in my hometown of Chicago is my favorite part about Thanksgiving because it so rarely happens. With both of my brothers living in California, my aunt and uncle living in Texas, and other family spread out throughout Illinois, it’s one of the only times every year we can all spend together. We watch football games, cook and bake a variety of foods, share what we are thankful for, play games with the little ones, and overall just have a great time.

Michael – The Wellington’s have traditionally been big “decorators” at holiday time. The Halloween pumpkins that didn’t morph into jack-o-lanterns are repurposed into the Thanksgiving displays, joining the turkeys and hay bales that foretell the coming feast day, when big families and bigger appetites converge for a few hours of thanks, gluttony and football. Thanksgiving Day is spent at the Wellington home in Abilene—while the turkey is roasting, all the Christmas decorations make their way out from storage. As the ladies head out early for the Black Friday sales, I begin transforming the house and yard into a glowing winter wonderland. It’s a labor of love, whether the temperature is a sweat-producing 90 degrees or a finger-numbing 28 degrees with spitting snow. Each passing year makes this Thanksgiving weekend tradition a little harder to maintain, but for now, the tradition continues.

What are some of your favorite parts about Thanksgiving and what traditions does your family partake in? Let us know in the comments below!

The WGPR team would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

 

A few weeks ago, our lovely Wellington Group Marketing & PR team went on a holiday outing with Austin Eats Food Tours – and boy, did we have a great time! From barbeque at Micklethwait to cupcakes at Sugar Mama’s Bake Shop, we definitely went home with full bellies! Don’t get us wrong – eating healthy is a top priority for the ladies of Wellington Group, but over the holidays, we believe a little indulgence never hurt anyone! With that in mind, here are a few of our seasonal faves: 

Trader Joes Cookie Butter – Perfect for dipping apples, pretzels, graham crackers – you can pretty much eat it with anything, which is why we are obsessed!

Starbucks Holiday Drinks – Warm drinks like the Peppermint Mocha, Gingerbread Latte and Chestnut Praline Latte are only around for a limited time. Get them while you can! 

Amy’s Peppermint Bark – Handmade with chocolate, peppermint oil and creamy white chocolate, this is the most delicious peppermint bark you can find! You have our word.

Tiff Treat’s Cookies – Because let’s be real, ANY time of year is a good time for Tiff’s.

Bluebell’s Christmas Cookies Ice Cream –Combining our favorite holiday cookies such as chocolate chip, snickerdoodle and sugar cookies, this is a very merry flavor, indeed! 

What’s your favorite holiday treat? Merry Christmas!

We know that finding unique gifts for clients, colleagues, family and friends can be difficult, so the Wellington Group team compiled a list of our favorite things to give and receive for the holidays – Oprah-style! We are a diverse group – two moms, two twenty-somethings, and one Austin newbie – so there is certainly something here for everyone. We hope you’ll find our ideas helpful during the frenzy that is last-minute holiday shopping!

Dawn Psaromatis (Boss Lady)

  1. JCrew gift card and (complimentary) personal stylist
  2. Fitness package including ear budsAthletica gift card for women or Academy gift card for men, an iTunes gift card, an iPod nano, and an iPod holder
  3. Car Detailing that Comes to You
    • Search “car detailing services” in the area where your gift recipient lives, and make sure to look for packages that include:
      • Hand washing
      • Waxing with REAL wax
      • Upholstery and carpets Scotchgarded
      • Leather conditioned with aloe and natural oils
      • Wheel cleaning
      • Ceiling/roof cleaning
      • Vacuuming
      • Headlight cleaning

    4.   Vitamix Professional Series Blender
    5.   10’ ft. Charging Chord for iPhones or iPads 

Emily Kealey (Marketing & PR Ninja)

  1. RMS Luminizer
  2. Shun Premier Chef’s Knife
  3. Lafco Celery Thyme/Dining Room Mini Box of Three Candles
  4. Canon SELPHY CP900 White Wireless Color Photo Printer
  5. BOB Revolution Flex Duallie Stroller 

Rachel Hoffman (Marketing & PR Guru)

  1. 2015 Planner by May Designs
  2. Key Pieces World Map Scarf by Kate Spade
  3. Capri Blue Jar Candle from Anthropologie
  4. Flawless Beyonce Mug
  5. Earth Metal Sunburst Earrings by House of Harlow 1960   

Jessica Negley (Marketing & PR Sherpa)

  1. Kinetic sand by Brookstone (perfect for relieving end of year stress!)
  2. Copper cup for Moscow mules
  3. Santa charm for charm bracelet by James Avery
  4. Hand-embroidered state pillow from Uncommon Goods
  5. Nespresso black vertuoline  

Megan McCurry (Ringleader)

  1. Color Wheel iPhone 5 Case by A Beautiful Mess
  2. Austin Monthly subscription
  3. Print by For the Love of Letters
  4. Jewelry Organizer from Etsy
  5. Essential Oil USB Diffuser and the Every Day Oil Kit from Young Living

Happy Holidays!

Wellington Group

The WG ladies would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!

Wellington Group

 

Love,
Dawn, Emily, Annie, Rachel, Elizabeth & Nataly