Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Eve at Corporate HQ!

This was the first year in my working-girl life that Christmas Eve was not a corporate holiday. Now that I am part of the retail industry, the corporate holidays are much fewer and further between! But, I have to say, if I *had* to go in to the office on Christmas Eve, I couldn't have asked for a better time. My family joined me, and all the rest of the Toys "R"Us families (over 1000 kids!) at Corporate HQ for an incredibly fun day!
We began in the main cafeteria for breakfast. Loads of pastries, fruit, coffee and juices were at the ready in multiple stations to greet everyone. Christmas carolers were there singing and mingling with everyone. The boys got a kick out of seeing the cafeteria. They couldn't believe we have a Wii, XBox, and other gaming systems there for employees to play with during lunch. They also couldn't get over all of the big screen TV's in that place!
Chris at the corp. HQ Cafeteria
Greg and boys at Toys "R"Us
Greg and the kids at breakfast
Joe in the corp HQ cafeteria
After lunch we checked in, and then it was off to the conference rooms to pick out toys. Each child was given a reusable tote bag and three tickets. Each ticket was good for one toy. The conference rooms were broken out by interest. Action heroes in one room and dolls/princesses in another, and then we had two of our largest conference rooms joined together to make one huge room with puzzles, games, sporting goods, you name it. Very generous toys were available. These were not just small little items. The kids were in awe. Long lines were tiring, but clearly worth it by their faces :)
Go Go Samurai!
Joe with his Samurai mask, and Ben 10 Watch
Chris checking out his Power Rangers
After we picked out toys, we hung out in the resident Starbucks (Cafe G) and let the kids play with their toys. Once we were adequately done, we went back to the cafeteria for lunch and movies. By this time, the breakfast tables were now lined with all sorts of cookies, punch, juices, and more fruits for after lunch.
We also visited with Santa, Geoffrey and got to explore the Geoffrey Mobile. The boys also really enjoyed just exploring the office area! Toys are everywhere. The cubes, offices, common zones, copier & coffee rooms. All in all, not a bad way to spend a working Christmas Eve!
Geoffrey Mobile
Geoffrey Mobile
Visit with Santa at TRU
Visit with Santa


  1. Wow. Those two must have passed out at the end of the day!

  2. @ljc it was exhausting for all of us! The day ended at 1pm, but by the time it was all over, it felt like the end of a full work day!



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