Happy Holidays
from Life Happens

To celebrate the holiday season, Life Happens’ staff shared their favorite ways to express love during the holidays! Everyone has unique ways to spread love. Scroll down to read their responses!

FAISA STAFFORD

President & CEO

Visits with my family in Canada always warms my heart over the holidays. I love having my children build ties to another part of the world and to people who mean so much to me. When we visit, we love taking the whole extended family out for dinner. It’s never anything fancy but poutine is almost always part of the experience.

JOSH DUNHAM

Chief Revenue Officer

As a family, we love our yearly trek to Snickers Gap Tree Farm to cut down our Christmas tree. It’s a place I went to growing up and keeping the tradition going with my family now makes for a truly special part of the holiday season.

COREY GOODBURN

Social Media Coordinator

Gift giving is the main way that I show love to my loved ones, so naturally, I’m looking forward to that this holiday season. Two years ago, I gave my grandma an instant camera, and we were able to take a few photos of our family on Christmas. I will cherish those photos for the rest of my life!

MAGGIE LEYES

Chief Creative Officer

My husband made this huge lighted peace sign that we hang outside each year. Now we’re known in the neighborhood as the Peace House. For us, that’s the true spirit of the season: Peace on Earth, love for our neighbors—close and far.

JEREMY VAUGHT

Director of Engineering

I have several good friends that only received one Christmas present a year, and it came via strangers from Angel Tree by The Salvation Army. Every year I give to the Angel Tree so those kids in the same position today will feel the impact my friends feel all these years later.

ANDREA ENGLERT

Manager, Consumer & Industry Programs

For 11 years, my family has been hosting an annual craft sale to raise money for our local nonprofit, Mrs. Nothstein’s Helping Hands. After losing my aunt, Debbie Nothstein, in 2010, we launched Helping Hands to continue her passion for helping others in our community. Proceeds from the sale support the fund which has distributed over $60,000 in aid since its inception.

ERIK SVENSSON

Customer Success Manager

From 8th to 12th grade, I would participate in a holiday toy drive through my aunt’s company. They partnered with the Salvation Army to receive donations and we would bundle gifts together which would either be delivered or be picked up by parents for Christmas. It was warming to see how grateful the parents were when they would come pick up the gifts, knowing they would have something for their kids during the holidays.

CHRISTI DUNCAN

AVP of Content Strategy

Every year, our church packs Christmas shoebox gifts for kids in some of the hardest-to-reach places in the world. We have fun going to the store and picking out toys, hygiene items, and school supplies to fill our boxes. The entire community gets involved in giving to those in need.

RIC PRATTE

Head of Product

As a woodworker, I like to hand make presents for family members. It feels good to put my own creations together—something special for each person.

JACOB OTTENHEIMER

Product Marketing Coordinator

My favorite way to express love during the holidays is to make sure all of my loved ones feel remembered and loved during the holiday season. I always go out of my way to find every person a perfect, personal gift, to ensure those who may feel lonely during the holidays feel remembered and special. I enjoy spending time with my loving family and continuing our yearly family holiday traditions.

NATALIE CHAMBLISS

Design & Marketing Consultant

The holidays are my favorite time of year, and I express love through spending quality time decorating for Christmas. This year my daughter is old enough to “help” with the decorating and she loved it. It was wonderful to be able to pass that love on to her!

DEVIN PASCOE

Marketing Director

We always try to catch our mailman around the holidays to give a small gift of thanks. It’s a stressful job this time of year, and all of our joy wouldn’t be possible without him!

JESSI BARNES

Graphic Designer

In my family, the quickest way to our hearts is through food. We make sweet treats like peppermint bark, bake pies, and pound cakes for friends and loved ones to show how much we care. Our two-year-old is especially excited to make cookies for our mailman this Christmas!

JULIE HOLSINGER

Consumer Education Consultant

Whether it’s baking special treats or making gingerbread houses, I love spending quality time with my family over the holidays. It’s a simple way we connect with each other while laughing, eating sweets and spreading joy.

PATRICK MARTIN

Sales Development Representative

My family and I go skiing each year on Christmas day. If it’s warm enough we try to wear our favorite holiday sweater for at least one run. I express love to my family by making sure I’m there every year to celebrate this family tradition.

CONNOR DOLBY

Video Producer & Editor

My family loves to decorate for Christmas, which means there’s a lot of work to do. I express love to my family every year by helping them decorate. Helping my parents and seeing all of the neighbor’s reactions as they drive by—makes it all worth while!

🎵 FaLaLaLaLa 🎶

Get in the holiday spirit by listening to our Life Happens’ Spotify playlist! Each song represents a staff member’s must-play track during this time of year. Click to listen!

Happy Holidays
from Life Happens

To celebrate the holiday season, Life Happens’ staff shared their favorite ways to express love during the holidays! Everyone has unique ways to spread love. Scroll down to read their responses!

FAISA STAFFORD

President & CEO

Visits with my family in Canada always warms my heart over the holidays. I love having my children build ties to another part of the world and to people who mean so much to me. When we visit, we love taking the whole extended family out for dinner. It’s never anything fancy but poutine is almost always part of the experience.

JOSH DUNHAM

Chief Revenue Officer

As a family, we love our yearly trek to Snickers Gap Tree Farm to cut down our Christmas tree. It’s a place I went to growing up and keeping the tradition going with my family now makes for a truly special part of the holiday season.

COREY GOODBURN

Social Media Coordinator

Gift giving is the main way that I show love to my loved ones, so naturally, I’m looking forward to that this holiday season. Two years ago, I gave my grandma an instant camera, and we were able to take a few photos of our family on Christmas. I will cherish those photos for the rest of my life!

MAGGIE LEYES

Chief Creative Officer

My husband made this huge lighted peace sign that we hang outside each year. Now we’re known in the neighborhood as the Peace House. For us, that’s the true spirit of the season: Peace on Earth, love for our neighbors—close and far.

JEREMY VAUGHT

Director of Engineering

I have several good friends that only received one Christmas present a year, and it came via strangers from Angel Tree by The Salvation Army. Every year I give to the Angel Tree so those kids in the same position today will feel the impact my friends feel all these years later.

ANDREA ENGLERT

Manager, Consumer & Industry Programs

For 11 years, my family has been hosting an annual craft sale to raise money for our local nonprofit, Mrs. Nothstein’s Helping Hands. After losing my aunt, Debbie Nothstein, in 2010, we launched Helping Hands to continue her passion for helping others in our community. Proceeds from the sale support the fund which has distributed over $60,000 in aid since its inception.

ERIK SVENSSON

Customer Success Manager

From 8th to 12th grade, I would participate in a holiday toy drive through my aunt’s company. They partnered with the Salvation Army to receive donations and we would bundle gifts together which would either be delivered or be picked up by parents for Christmas. It was warming to see how grateful the parents were when they would come pick up the gifts, knowing they would have something for their kids during the holidays.

CHRISTI DUNCAN

AVP of Content Strategy

Every year, our church packs Christmas shoebox gifts for kids in some of the hardest-to-reach places in the world. We have fun going to the store and picking out toys, hygiene items, and school supplies to fill our boxes. The entire community gets involved in giving to those in need.

RIC PRATTE

Head of Product

As a woodworker, I like to hand make presents for family members. It feels good to put my own creations together—something special for each person.

JACOB OTTENHEIMER

Product Marketing Coordinator

My favorite way to express love during the holidays is to make sure all of my loved ones feel remembered and loved during the holiday season. I always go out of my way to find every person a perfect, personal gift, to ensure those who may feel lonely during the holidays feel remembered and special. I enjoy spending time with my loving family and continuing our yearly family holiday traditions.

NATALIE CHAMBLISS

Design & Marketing Consultant

The holidays are my favorite time of year, and I express love through spending quality time decorating for Christmas. This year my daughter is old enough to “help” with the decorating and she loved it. It was wonderful to be able to pass that love on to her!

DEVIN PASCOE

Marketing Director

We always try to catch our mailman around the holidays to give a small gift of thanks. It’s a stressful job this time of year, and all of our joy wouldn’t be possible without him!

JESSI BARNES

Graphic Designer

In my family, the quickest way to our hearts is through food. We make sweet treats like peppermint bark, bake pies, and pound cakes for friends and loved ones to show how much we care. Our two-year-old is especially excited to make cookies for our mailman this Christmas!

JULIE HOLSINGER

Consumer Education Consultant

Whether it’s baking special treats or making gingerbread houses, I love spending quality time with my family over the holidays. It’s a simple way we connect with each other while laughing, eating sweets and spreading joy.

PATRICK MARTIN

Sales Development Representative

My family and I go skiing each year on Christmas day. If it’s warm enough we try to wear our favorite holiday sweater for at least one run. I express love to my family by making sure I’m there every year to celebrate this family tradition.

CONNOR DOLBY

Video Producer & Editor

My family loves to decorate for Christmas, which means there’s a lot of work to do. I express love to my family every year by helping them decorate. Helping my parents and seeing all of the neighbor’s reactions as they drive by—makes it all worth while!

FaLaLaLaLa 🎵 🎶

Get in the holiday spirit by listening to our Life Happens’ Spotify playlist! Each song represents a staff member’s must-play track during this time of year. Click to listen!

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