Last night was the annual Christmas party for Nathan. We were giddy with excitement and speculation regarding what it would be like this year. We knew one thing- Dave promised it would be “legendary”. I think he might say that every year though.
The event was moved from Franklin to downtown Nashville at the Music City Center.
And here is where I have to apologize over the fact that I took no photos. I didn’t bring our camera because it it too big to lug around and I didn’t have my phone charged enough to take photos. Sorry! Some friends did take some photos and I’m going to snag them from their Facebook posts 🙂
We arrived a little before 5, checked our coats and then waited for the doors to the lobby of the Grand Ballroom to open. There was a black curtain that hung separating us from the lobby. At 5, they started letting a few folks past that curtain at a time. Each time people went through the curtain there was wild cheering. Every single time. I couldn’t imagine that every single person would have the same reaction to getting past the curtain that they would all yell, but that was what it sounded like. As we got closer, we caught glimpses and were able to guess what was going on.
The 2013 Lampo Christmas Party was set up almost exactly to replicate the Academy Awards. Complete with a red carpet experience. That was what was behind the curtain.
We passed the curtain to find a red carpet. It was roped off with the red felt ropes and there were photographers taking our photos and screaming, adoring fans cheering for us and asking for our autographs. I am not exaggerating. One of the MC’s for the evening was out with his microphone doing “on the spot” interviews in front of a video camera which was broadcasting to the rest of the folks mingling around eating fancy appetizers 🙂
Here is a photo of some of our good friends posing on the red carpet:
You can’t tell from the bad cell-phone lighting in this photo, but all of us women wore purple:
The doors to the ballroom opened at 6 and we took our seats. The evening started with a video of the Executive Producer of the radio show running around searching for Dave since he was supposed to be getting ready to host the party and no one had seen him. (hat tip to Billy Crystal and similar Academy Award montages throughout the years). It was very funny and most of it is stuff you wouldn’t find funny if you weren’t connected with Lampo, but it wrapped up with finding Dave getting ready for “the ceremony” at his house. It was an epic scene of Dave standing on the balcony of his house and raising his first grandson up for the world to see exactly like the scene from the Lion King. Yes, the Lion King music was playing 🙂
Dinner was amazing. Our chef previously catered a dinner for a presidential inauguration. I couldn’t make this up if I tried.
They gave out awards to “rookie of the year”, and others for awards to people who really distinguished themselves from the different divisions of the company, gave an overview of the high points of the last year (which included talking about Christ to over 400 people who called in to the office about various things!!), and recognized a man who has served for 20 years.
We had live music, sang Christmas carols, and Dave read the Christmas story.
The night was wrapped up with a final video featuring the general manager of the local Best Buy telling us that the store would be open at 8:00 on Monday exclusively for Lampo employees and they would have special discounts offered for them– oh, and of course each employee was given a certain amount to spend there. It was incredibly generous.
We feel very blessed and thankful.