Merry Christmas From the DH Fam!

holiday special Dec 25, 2016

Sleigh bells ring and we're all ears. We hope you're reading this with something festive (and spiked) in hand, whether or not your dreams of a white Christmas have been manifested.

From our family to yours, we want to wish you the merriest of Christmases, surrounded by loved ones and, if you're lucky, puppies. No matter what you celebrate, the spirit of the season remains the same for all of us: joy, gratitude, happiness, giving, lots of food, tons of wine, family time.

'Tis the season! 🎄☃️✨🎁🎊🎅

On this 25th of December, we'd like to take the time to reminisce on the year's favorite moments, because it's always good to look back before looking forward. To help you get to know us better, we asked members of our team to recount one of their favorite occurrences of the year, whether personal or professional.

Grab yourself a snack and get nestled by the fire (unless you're in Cali or Oz, in which case, we envy you) – it's walking-down-memory-lane o'clock.

Danica Calderhead, Brand Strategist

My favorite moment of 2016 was marrying my best friend 💕... cue the sappy music. [Ed note: we would never.]

Emma Bundschuh, Brand Strategist

Some of my warmest and happiest memories of 2016 come from island hopping through the Greek Islands with 4 of my best girlfriends. I was living a dream, eating olives & Greek yogurt every single day!

![favorite moment of 2016 dash hudson](/content/images/2016/12/Emma-favorite-moment-of-the-year.jpg)A perfect photo of a perfect moment. We'll have what you're having, Emma!

Jenny Pratt, Customer Success Manager

As someone who spends most of their time up north, I’m always happy to get away to sunny southern spots. My favorite moment from this past year was while on vacation with 6 friends in Palm Springs. The breezes were warm, the palm trees were lit, and we got to see Sia perform live (with Maddie Ziegler!!). Magic✨

![favorite moment of 2016 dash hudson](/content/images/2016/12/jenny-favorite-moment-of-the-year.jpg)Jenny riding dirty in Cali.

Mariana Rittenhouse, Director of Brand Strategy

2016 has been such a whirlwind, but I will say the best and most bittersweet part was moving from Brooklyn, my home for ten years, to Miami for some sun and to be closer to my family. I’m definitely not missing the snow these days!

![favorite moment of 2016 dash hudson](/content/images/2016/12/Mariana-favorite-moment-of-the-year.jpg)Sayonara, Brooklyn.

Laura Park, Brand Strategist

2016 was a big year both professionally and personally. Two of my favorite moments: handing in the last exam of my MBA, and being proposed to on a beautiful Nova Scotia hiking adventure!

![favorite moment of 2016 dash hudson](/content/images/2016/12/laura-favorite-moment-of-the-year.jpg)And just like that, she was officially spoken for. Congrats, Laura!

Michaela Atkinson, Marketing Manager

Living la bella vita in southern Italy had to be my most memorable moment of 2016. Exploring stunning locales like Positano and Capri with one of my best travel pals Laura (who has a penchant for fashion and photography like me) made for many Insta-worthy memories.

![favorite moment of 2016 dash hudson](/content/images/2016/12/img_5697.jpg)Michaela (on the left) is livin' la vita bella. Nope, not jealous at all.

Thomas Rankin, Co-Founder & CEO

Just over one year after we closed our first deal, sitting at the back of the room during our partnership event with our customer Conde Nast. A total observer. I reflected not only on how far we had come in such a short time, but also how little I had contributed to this particular project. As a founder, in the earliest days you feel like you are giving CPR to a stone. Now, Dash Hudson is a living, breathing thing, with a team of wonderful, intelligent people who just make things like this happen. A big moment in a year full of them.

Tomasz Niewiarowski, Co-Founder and CTO

My favorite part of the year was the time when my dad came to Canada to visit me. It was the first time anyone from Poland came in 5 years.

![favorite moment of 2016 dash hudson](/content/images/2016/12/tomek-favorite-moment-of-the-year.jpg)Tomek's dad kicking it in Peggy's Cove.

And as for me, the Senior Editor at Dash Hudson, one of my most noteworthy moments of the year was taking in Iceland with the mister. Believe it or not, I was reluctant to go there to begin with, very much apprehensive of what sounded like a far too outdoorsy proposition for this city girl. It's hard to find the right words to describe the epic extent of this country. The photos will never do it justice. I was blown away, and then some.

![favorite moment of 2016 dash hudson](/content/images/2016/12/helene-favorite-moment-of-the-year.jpg)Exploring the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in Iceland this summer.

We'd love to get to know you better and hear your favorite moments of the year, too. Drop me a line, tweet at us, or leave a comment below.

In the meantime, we hope you're resting and recharging for the new year. We certainly are, just getting ready to light more fires for all of you in 2017. 😘

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