Christmas at the Golden Arches

Group photo of our Christmas party at McDonald’s.

Hello and welcome to the blog this day after Christmas.  Last night was our annual Christmas party at work.  Everyone seemed to enjoy him/herself and the food was great.  There were many awesome presents exchanged.

The boss provided a big ham.  Savannah made green bean casserole.  I made a huge batch of party potatoes (hash browns, sour cream, cheeses, half ‘n’ half, onions and garlic, French Fried onions, and spices).  There were many desserts.  The boss let me bake up some breakfast biscuits, too.  We ate well!

After the food we had a secret Santa gift exchange.  My recipient was one of the favorite people – Tabi.  She got a nice blender.  Cory, the youngest member of the crew (14) bought me some Powerbait for trout fishing.  Tabi bought me a new river fishing pole (which was definitely needed!) and will be used!

We also had a “White Elephant”, a separate event where one-by-one, each person takes a new present (unwraps it) or steals one from a peer… this goes on until everyone has a gift or his/hers is replaced after being taken!

General Manager Trask and Miss Laverne … aka Big Mama. (The lady who keeps calling me “Bedford”)


Babies like to chew on things.   🙂


The hungry guys lining up for the food… They can eat enough for a small army.


Round 1 … Nobody went hungry!

Two of my favorite people – Brandon and Tabi. I call Tabi “Mom” even though she’s 10 years younger.

The White Elephant event.

Cassie and baby Eligh (son of Brandon). He’s the future super hero. That’s her step-daughter making the rabbit ears behind her…. and Cory at the food table for Round 2…

A gift to Trask from his sister. Koshmarik is Trask’s beloved Husky dog and only eats a raw food diet. He eats all the fish heads I generate from trout fishing… I recently donated some frozen whole (but cleaned) trout as well.

The gifts received at the party. Fish cleaning shears, a new camping lantern, trout bait, a titanium fishing knife, and a folding multitool / silverware set… and some cat toys for kitty Jennifer.

I came home with some treasures.  The camping silverware came from the White Elephant event.  I stole them from Cory (the kid who gave me trout bait) after someone commandeered my set of superhero miniatures.  The titanium fillet knife, fish cleaning sheers, and cat toys were a gift from G.M. Trask.  I’d given him a gift card from the farm store (for Trask and Koshmarik).   The lantern was purchased a few days ago after a kind older couple (who I’d made friends with at work) surprised me with a Christmas card and Walmart gift card.

We had a terrific time last night.  Like any work environment there are frictions that occur day to day but that was all left outside for the evening.  For one day we all enjoyed each other’s company, ate like horses, and everyone got along.  Too bad Christmas isn’t every day!

With that it’s time to get this posted and head back home.  I’ve got one more day off and people are starting to call in sick….  “Beam me up, Scotty!”

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  We did get about 1.5 inches of snow with a couple more on the way later this week.  There will be pictures!

Take care and safe travels as we approach New Year’s Eve.

Bradford a.k.a “Bedford” and Jenny
Jones County, Iowa

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

6 Responses to Christmas at the Golden Arches

  1. my_vantasy says:

    What a fun party! And I love being able to put a face with the “Bedford” story…still cracks me up! Enjoy that last day off work. I have paid time off from one job, so I’m putting in extra hours at the second job. I’m working the system in my own overachiever way.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi! I thought you might get a kick out of seeing Miss Lavern. She is a legend in this tiny town… and keeps us smiling! I hear you about putting in extra hours. You have to make hay while the sun shines. We’re going into the slow season so I might going to 4 days a week till spring. No biggie. More time to get some exercise and work around home.

      But keep putting in the extra hours when you can. Money is a good thing!

  2. Jo says:

    Looks like everyone had a great time. It sure is nice when everyone can put their differences aside even if it’s only for a night.

    I have that lantern and I love it. While at home I keep it next to my chair in the living room so if the power goes out it is right at hand. It gives off great light.

    I haven’t set up my Christmas blog yet as I had 2 days of cooking and was just and still am exhausted but a wonderful Holiday it was.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jo! That’s neat about you having the same lantern. I like it a lot. I’ve been using it to keep from falling when doing the late night bathroom trips. It’s the right light level. It’s going to ride around in a tote bin this summer. I saw something I really liked on TV tonight and might buy one. I think they call it the “Wonder Bible”. It reads the whole Bible to you and you can skip from chapter to chapter, etc. It would be a nice thing to take along… and it’s rechargeable, too. You might see one pop up on a future post.

      I made another pan of party potatoes this evening… That was a mistake! Most of them are going to work in the morning or they will be devoured to quickly.

      I’ll be watching to see the next post on your blog. Take good care Jo!

  3. Pam in Louisiana says:

    Such a fun bunch of fellow workers you have. They all seemed to enjoy themselves, and like Jo said that is a good thing. You received some very nice gifts! I also have a lantern like that, and it is definitely handy for camping! We use if in the house quite a bit too. Scratches to Jenny and you take care of you two!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Pam! They are a fun group… well, at least most of the time! That little lantern is getting used a lot in the house. I have a long hallway with only one switch. The problem is the switch is not near the bedroom or bathroom. That lantern really helps keep things safe, especially since I am a really bad housekeeper. Take care and Have a Happy New Year!