As the snow began to fall, NPR's Holiday Party day started with the Relay Race of Misfit Toys. Teams of four raced around the NPR building in a three-legged race, a hula hoop roll, on big wheels and...
At mid-day break staffers take a break to enjoy the home-cooked contributions from fellow staff members at the potluck lunch.
One of the 20+ entries in the Dessert Bake Off.
Staff were encouraged to sample all the desserts and then cast a vote for their favorite.
More creative competition. Teams created ornaments to decorate the lobby with one requirement: each creation must use an old tape reel. This sleigh, which won the grand prize, was designed by a team from the division that distributes NPR programming to our member stations.
Throughout the day and into the evening, staffers (and their kids) designed holiday cards personalized for residents of a local nursing home.
At the evening holiday party, Santa goes over the wish list of one good boy.
Santa greets one of his little elves.
Even NPR's Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg takes a turn telling Santa what she wants for Christmas.
Notice anything similar about the holiday party food? For a hint, click HERE.
The highlight of the evening was the "Project Tacky" contest; sort of an ugly sweater meets "Project Runway" competition. Here, the judges gear up before the runway show.
The standout winner was NPR White House Correspondent Scott Horsley, who paired a orange plaid blazer with a contrasting green plaid tie to stick the whole outfit together.
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One of my favorite things about working at NPR is the holiday party. This is not just a mingling-happy-hour company party. Rather, we offer mini-events throughout the day to accommodate the schedules of staff supporting our 24-hour news coverage. That way no matter what shift you're working you can have a little holiday fun. That means the festivities start well before the sun comes up and continue all throughout the day with competitions of all kinds (bake off, relay race, ugly sweater), a chance to make cards for residents of a local nursing home, and of course, Santa. Hope you enjoy your holiday party festivities as much as we do.