There are so many stories about famous, successful folks who have "worked their way up" in the world. It seems they all got their start in the mail room.
That's not exactly what's happened with Amanda, but she has impressed us for years as a seasonal employee who's brought with her a happy smile and a determination to go above and beyond each day.
Our Communications Department was lucky that Amanda was available when we had a full-time opening recently. She's jumped in and learned her off-season responsibilities and squeals in delight each time a HoliShop order dings in...
As a former Santa's Helper out in the park, Amanda wasn't shy about donning a Santa hat as she packed up orders yesterday.
I think this may be Amanda's favorite ornament this year. She started out seasonally on the costumed character crew and just loved the hugging, fun dancing, and visiting with children. She's a big Holidog fan.
Other fun gifts for the uber fan are "coaster art" framed photos and gift sets. Mrs. Koch's 60th Anniversary pictorial history book is paired with a BobblePat, for example. We also have DVDs of last year's National Geographic Channel's "World's Biggest Fixes" episode shot here.
Amanda tries like the dickens to get orders sent out on the same day they're placed. She'll even track down Mrs. Koch (which isn't easy in these days of being one of Santa's Elves) for her to sign a book or bobble upon request.
Here's one other neat souvenir ornament I wanted to show you. It celebrates our 65th season with our original ride, The Freedom Train, the park's Santa statue, our Voyage roller coaster and the logos from Santa Claus Land and Holiday World.
Merry Christmas to all!