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The 10 Days of Giftmas

Let’s reminisce about the holidays!

To celebrate the end of 2013, instead of the traditional Thanksgiving potluck (no one was volunteering to bring a turkey on the subway), the New York office decided to do something a little different. Inspired by the spirit of potluck and the season of giving, each person claimed a day to bring a gift for the office. Anything goes, as long as you have enough for everyone.

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Day 1 (Chelsea Carpenter) Simple Syrup made with sugar, cloves, star anise, cinnamon sticks and allspice, complete with homemade packaging! And some festive lights for the office.

Day 2 (Patrick Grizzard) A seasonal mix of doughnuts from Doughnut Plant, an office favorite. We usually cut them up so that we can try a little bit of each, five quarters equals one doughnut, right?

Day 3 (Stephanie Norling) Homemade sweet potato muffins with raisins and pecans. A secret family recipe!

Day 4 (Megan Solecki) Vegetable quiche from Balthazar with asparagus, mushroom and gruyere. On a cold day, this nice warm quiche went a long way.

Day 5 (Matt Talese) Homemade spices for mulled wine (or cider) made with freshly dehydrated oranges and ginger, berries, peppercorn, star anise and cinnamon sticks in sweet little mason jars.

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Day 6 (Lynette Chiu) We got a break from the sugary treats with a visit from balloon artist Adam Jay. He created a huge range of balloons for us including a shark hat, octopus, brachiosaurus and the Little Mermaid. This was awesome! I felt like a little kid when I asked for my snowman balloon.

Day 7 (Matt Chock) An assortment of bagels from the Bagel Hole in Park Slope along with NY style lox and scallion cream cheeses.

Day 8 (Robin Eusebio) I’ll find any excuse to bake, so I brought in homemade holiday trifles. The mason jars made a comeback with layers of gingerbread cake, pumpkin mousse and whipped cream.

Day 9 (Siddharth Verma) A huge box of Swiss Miss hot chocolate for the office (we needed it) and everyone got a personalized mug!

Day 10 (AJ Kiefer) AJ closed up this year’s giftmas with his personal recipe for Bloody Marys. Definitely necessary, since our company holiday party was the night before at the Wythe Hotel. Hello, we are the New York office and sometimes we like to get our drink on.

We’re all so spoiled from having a daily surprise that we’re trying to find other holidays this might work for. 14 Days of Valentines maybe? Thanks to all the Sequence NYers for making the last days of 2013 feel extra special!

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