This holiday season, the competition was tough—but our 2nd Annual Holiday Decorating Contest was a big hit! Last month, we challenged each of our departments to wow us with their decorating skills and holiday spirit by transforming their office and lab spaces into a festive wonderland.

Claiming that the team succeeded would be an understatement. We saw a 3-way tie for second place, 2 departments impressing (and perhaps bribing?) voters with baked goods, and 1 winner that dazzled us all.

On judging day, our contestants were surprised by a visit from Mr. Claus himself and two of his cutest reindeers, representing the Sample Receiving Department! They clinched the well-deserved win with their “Santa’s Workshop & Stable” display.

The winning team received the coveted golden bell trophy to proudly display in the sample receiving lab—plus bragging rights and paid lunch from a restaurant of choice. Congratulations winners and thank you again to all who participated!


The Sample Receiving Team’s winning “Santa’s Workshop & Stable” display.

Last year’s winner (Alison – Front Office) passing the coveted trophy to be proudly displayed in Sample Receiving area.

The “Northern Lights” display.

The Front Office’s “Gnomeman’s Land” display.

The “It’s All In The Chemistry” Bake Shop.

The Metals Department turned their space into a winter wonderland!

Stockings were hung by the “chimney” with care in our Volatiles Department.