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  • By Gina Columbo
  • In Holiday
  • Posted December 6, 2018

The History of Hanukkah

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that is celebrated for eight days and eight nights. It is also known as the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication. Although most commonly observed in December, it has a few times taken place in November, even coinciding with the Thanksgiving holiday. This year it will begin on … Continued


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Roles of Team Building in the Workplace

The dynamic of the workplace has changed a lot in the past years. People are no longer used to working in an office for 8 hours and then going home. They need something more than that to be productive. Businesses are now embracing an open, flexible, and collaborative way of working. Therefore, they encourage employees … Continued


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Black Friday History

It may come as a surprise that the term “Black Friday” did not originate with shopping. It was first used to reference a stock market crash that occurred on September 24th, 1869. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that the name became associated with retail. On the day after Thanksgiving, people would fill the city of … Continued


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  • By Gina Columbo
  • In Holiday
  • Posted November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving – In the Beginning & Today

Thanksgiving, as it is known today, is vastly different then from how it originated. There wasn’t always a Macy’s parade, or watching a football game, nor was pumpkin pie a dessert staple. These tried and true traditions only came into existence many years after the first Thanksgiving. How it all began In November of 1621, … Continued


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Escape Room SmartHunt

An escape room is a so-called “game”. It’s an adventure where groups between 8-10 people are “locked” in a room. Players must solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objective at hand. Players are given a set time limit, usually one hour, to unveil the secret plot … Continued


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Program-Pairings

Program-Pairings We now offer Program-Pairings, perfect for a full-day experience! These programs complement one another, with the second program reinforcing the lessons learned in the first program. Pair your two favorite programs for a FULL DAY of meaningful and high-level learning! Escape Smart Hunt® and Corporate Survivor In this competitive 2-part series, points earned and the items … Continued


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  • By Gina Columbo
  • In Holiday
  • Posted November 7, 2018

The Origin of Festival of Lights

Diwali is a Hindu celebration known as the Festival of Lights. It’s India’s biggest holiday and is observed for five days. It has been celebrated throughout the country for over 2500 years. The word Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word “Deepavali” which translates as “series of lighted lamps.” The festival is celebrated in either … Continued


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  • By Gina Columbo
  • In Holiday
  • Posted October 26, 2018

What is Dia de Los Muertos?

When people hear the words Dia de Los Muertos, meaning Day of the Dead, they often think of it as being the Mexican version of Halloween. The two are in fact entirely separate holidays. Whereas Halloween is often dark, focusing on goblins, ghouls, costumes for adults and trick-or-treating for children.  Día de Los Muertos is … Continued


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  • By Gina Columbo
  • In Holiday
  • Posted October 19, 2018

Tis the Season of Pumpkin Spice

Tis the Season for all the craze over pumpkin flavors. October hits and everyone runs for their favorite pumpkin flavored everything. The Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) can be blamed for the start of the pumpkin craze.  It has since blossomed beyond hot drinks. Which brings us to the ultimate question, why is there such a huge … Continued


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  • By Gina Columbo
  • In Holiday
  • Posted October 12, 2018

Halloween and How It Started

It’s all just a bunch of Hocus Pocus, or is it? Around 2,000 years ago, on October 31st, the Celts celebrated with a festival called Samhain (pronounced Sow-in). This festival was a celebration of the end of the sunny summer season and the start of the gloomy, cold winter. They would light bonfires and wear … Continued