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BAERING and Bright


Photo of the BAERING leadership team. Ann Whitehurst, Michelle Fowler, Robert Buhler, Al Leach and Erin Smith.

The BAERING leadership team. From left: Ann Whitehurst, Michelle Fowler, Robert Buhler, Al Leach and Erin Smith.

The holiday season is a time for traditions. From Christmas tree decorating contests to holiday potlucks, we have more than a few favorite holiday traditions at BAERING.

But possibly our favorite is the annual holiday party at The Raleigh Times. On the second floor and rooftop, we enjoy a wonderful buffet, spirits and each other’s company outside of the office. We then gather the group in a big circle and kick off our white elephant gift exchange. For those of you not familiar with the rules of a white elephant gift exchange, you can educate yourself here.

From year to year, various gift-selection strategies are born. Some choose the largest gift, some select the most beautifully wrapped. And some are drawn to the smallest boxes — but let’s face it, those usually contain the gift cards. So whether you win a game of toilet golf, a Tupac t-shirt, a cat portrait, or good old-fashioned cash, we always have a blast.

But as wonderful as the holiday season is, we know it is also can be a hectic time.

So this year, as our gift to you, we encourage you to put down that mini checkers set and enjoy 60 seconds of uninterrupted winter splendor on us.