Ariens Company hosted a Christmas open house at its museum in Brillion, Wis., on Saturday, Dec. 5, for its employees and their families.
The Christmas open house, an annual event that started in 2013 by the museum staff, was planned this year by Ariens Company's Pride Team, a committee of ten employees that plans fun events for employees. The open house is an opportunity for employees to bring their children to meet Santa Claus and to learn about Ariens Company's history.
"We really wanted to plan an event that would complement our annual Christmas dinner," said Ariens Company Pride Team President Chris Friedrich. "The dinner is only for employees, so we wanted to do something festive for the families."
As part of the holiday spirit, the museum was decked with garland, ornaments, holiday lights and poinsettias. Several Christmas trees were decorated with Ariens-themed ornaments and a Gravely® Atlas JSV™ was filled with wrapped gifts.
During the open house, over 40 families met with Santa Claus to take a photo. Before requesting their own toys from Santa Claus, children could donate a gift to Toys for Tots, a nonprofit organization run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve that gives to the children of parents who cannot afford to buy Christmas gifts.
"Toys for Tots is something that Ariens Company has done for years," said Friedrich. "We collect toys throughout the holiday season, but we wanted to use the open house to encourage more donations. We're proud that our employees donated nearly 100 toys at the event."
After the families visited with Santa Claus, they could purchase Ariens-themed merchandise, including apparel and ornaments, and enjoy refreshments while watching The Polar Express and Home Alone.
"This event is just one of the events that Pride Team plans throughout the year," said Friedrich. "It's a great way for us to boost morale and ensure that employees love coming to work every day."