Monday, January 12, 2009

'Twas The Night Before Christmahanukwanzakah: A Poem

For over a year now, I've been involved in an online game sponsored by NBC's "The Office" (previous posts here and here). I'm the Regional Manager of the Ypsilanti, Michigan branch of Dunder Mifflin Infinity, which basically means I'm the leader of a group of about 100 fans (most of whom are from the Michigan area). We play the game together and compete against 99 other teams from different parts of the country. As you can probably imagine, with that many competitors it's hard to win, but last week we finally managed to make it happen!

We were competing in a contest to submit the best idea for a holiday party and to include photos and descriptions of the location, food, activities, etc. for the party. To make our party idea stand out we decided to make it into a poem we titled "'Twas The Night Before Christmahanukwanzakah". It describes a party that Michael Scott from "The Office" throws to celebrate all 3 major holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa). You can read the entire poem (with illustrations) here.

Amazingly, our poem was picked by NBC as one of the top 16. The top 16 were then put up to be voted on by people world-wide and, even more amazingly, our poem won the vote! We got twice as many votes as the first runner-up so it was a landslide. And while there isn't any "real-world" prize for winning (it would have to be split between all 100 people in my branch!), I'm still ecstatic to know that we were able to come up with something that so many people enjoyed. :)

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