Christmas is coming
The marketing and advertising agency where I do a lot of my work always gets into the Christmas spirit: every year we make a Christmas-themed video to send to our clients and contacts. Usually, the idea is developed by our creative team, but this year we held a competition to see who could come up with the best idea.
The winning idea suggested making a video of us playing a Chris-tmas prank on our boss Chris. A risky move? A bogus winner was chosen with Chris' blessing, and then the skulduggery began as we plotted and schemed in secret.
Every week, Chris travels two hours to Auckland for meetings with our longest-standing client. Unbeknownst to him, an undercover team of Christmas elves trailed up the motorway behind him. While in the first meeting of the day, the elves completely Christmas wrapped Chris' Audi, then hid in the shrubbery nearby to film his and the public's reaction. Other team members in the client meeting surreptitiously filmed Chris at work, capturing 'Meanwhile... in the meeting,' footage.
The video is going to be priceless, as Chris' reaction was absolutely textbook. "Blimming heck, someone's got a car for Christmas." Pause. "That's MY car!!!" Followed by a lot of bleeping as he spied the waiting cameras!
Much hilarity followed but little did Chris know the day was only half done. Called back to our Hamilton office for an 'urgent' client meeting (with real clients we'd brought in on the act), Chris saw what the rest of us had been doing that day - completely wrapping every single last item in his office. Nice work if I do say so myself.
My favourite touches were the beautifully wrapped chairs and coffee table, the custom designed snow globe that held a photo of Chris' wife, and the individually wrapped pens and pencils in his pencil holder.
I'll post the video here once we've finished making it: we create and edit it in-house. What a great fun day to get into the Christmas mood.
What do you do to get into the spirit of Christmas?