Free December Wallpapers & Holiday Dash – A Free Game
The Holidays Are Here!
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The holiday season is a busy time. There’s ice skating, Christmas tree shopping, trying not to die while you precariously hang the lights, family photos, stuffing and mailing all those holiday cards, holiday party after holiday party, and gifts. Oh, the gifts. Gifts for friends, family, secret Santas, and that one person you invariably forgot but since they bought you something you feel the need to rush out to buy something in return. Ridiculous! At Matchbox, we all have different festive traditions leading up to the holidays (including sharing a Free December Wallpaper and Holiday Game). While most are easy to enjoy, sometimes something drives us a little crazy:
Our least favorite part of the holiday prep:
Cullen: Being around all the grumpy people that are out shopping. Granted, this year wasn’t too bad thanks to Amazon.
Brent: All of it. Actually, I think it’s traffic. Oh, and all the people that are out driving that seem like they only go out around this time of year.
Colby: I think the emphasis on gifts really drives me crazy. Personally, I think the holidays are more about spending quality time with people that you love.
Dan: Trying to do normal grocery shopping with larger amounts of people not paying any attention.
Jeremy: I HATE gift shopping. Every time I think I have the perfect gift for someone they never end up using it. I’d rather they just tell me what they want and I’ll buy it. Humbug!
Sarah: Cleaning up after baking cookies for hours…how did flour even get there?!
James: The planning, every part of it!
While it’s easy to get wrapped up in the commercialized version of the holidays, there are always quiet reminders that that’s not really what it’s all about. It’s also a time for kindness, for giving back, for watching someone’s face light up when you give them something heartfelt or a thoughtful gift of your time. It includes family, friends, joy, peace, togetherness. It’s about all those lovely intangibles. So what are we looking forward to most?
What we’re most looking forward to this holiday season:
Cullen: Getting to see my family. We’re headed to Arkansas this year to see my parents, grandparents and my sister Valerie and her kids. It’s going to be a full house.
Brent: Seeing friends and family and taking a little time off.
Colby: Slowing down and taking time to really relax and be present with family and friends.
Dan: Time off to work on my own projects.
Jeremy: Spending time with family I haven’t seen in a while. (oh also, I just bought a house!!)
Sarah: Time spent with family and friends. I especially love the family get-together with my parents and siblings and catching up with out-of-town friends. Also, the cousin gift exchange on my mom’s side, because what says “I love you” more than pranking the crud out of your secret Santa’s gift.
James: We get time off between Christmas and New Years and I am taking a trip to Arizona. So I think that trip!
Holiday Dash – A Gift for You!
In our first ever Matchbox game, Holiday Dash, we celebrate both sides of the holidays – the hectic rush and thoughtfulness of the season. As a gift to all of our wonderful clients and family and friends, we created a game that keeps you dashing to collect gifts for Toys for Tots. Check out our interview with our game developer, Jeremy, and more about our process in our exclusive Holiday Dash Post. Makes sure to check out our other freebie this month below: our Free December Wallpaper.
Speaking of gifts, what’s the weirdest thing on our wish lists?
Cullen: LifeStraw Personal Water Filter. You never know when you might have to drink from a puddle.
Brent: I’m so basic – I just want a drone :).
Colby: Pay a bill…any bill.
Dan: I do not have anything on my gift list.
Jeremy: This sweet DARE Fanny Pack. Seriously, I’ve wanted it for a while.
Sarah: A big, glass microwave-safe bowl. How am I supposed to make enough dog chow with my tiny ceramic bowl? Impossible! I need to microwave lots more chocolate than that!
James: Rocks so I can use them in my rock tumbler. Yes, I am a nerd and I have a rock tumbler.
“The four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.”
You know what else comes with the holidays? Food. Lots and lots of food. You can do your best to avoid it, but somewhere along it comes to find you. (Not that we mind all that much.) And not just the savory brunches with ham, eggs, and biscuits, warm from the oven. There are cookies to be had. And candy canes! And, if you’re feeling dangerous, Grandma’s fruitcake. So many options! But here’s what we’re most looking forward to:
What are our favorite holiday treats?
Cullen: Collin Street Bakery Fruitcake
Brent: Swedish Tea Cakes or the other myriad of names that sweet, white powdered ball of dough and nuts goes by.
Colby: White Russians. They’re perfect for Christmas. Peppermint Vodka really sets them off 🙂
Dan: Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes.
Jeremy: Brown Sugar Bacon Weenies – They’re just party weenies wrapped in bacon wth a brown sugar glaze melted over the top. They’re always at a hit.
Sarah: A Christmas cookie my grandma makes. I’ve seen them called Coconut Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Gooey Bars. Also, homemade, warm-from-the-oven, Chocolate Chip cookies.
James: Spiked EggNogg, for sure.
Download Your Free December Wallpaper. Gingerbread Cookies For All Of Your Devices:
This December Wallpaper is fresh from the oven. To represent all the tantalizing treats that surround us during the holidays, we created a Gingerbread Cookie Wallpaper, so sweet! Don’t take our word for it though. Download it for free now! Matchbox Design Group, a St. Louis Design Firm will make sure your Gingerbread Cookie December Wallpaper Downloads look good on every size screen.