Pye-Barker Engineered Solutions December 2019

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DECEMBER 2019

FAITH, FAMILY, AND WAFFLE HOUSE THE LUNSFORD FAMILY CHRISTMAS

It’s looking like we Lunsfords will have another Christmas here at home this year, which is fine by me. I deal with the chaos of travel enough during the spring months, so I’m excited to have a relaxing holiday with those who matter most to me. Besides, we’ve developed some great traditions here over the years. After the candlelight service on Christmas Eve, we usually end up going to Waffle House, and by we, I don’t just mean my immediate family. Our congregation is close, so Jessica, Margaret, and I usually end up inviting just about anyone who wants to go. Of course, finding three seats at Waffle House on Christmas Eve can be hard enough as it is, never mind coming in with a small army. Still, the wait for that “All-Star Special” is more than worth it. It’s pretty late by the time we’re finished eating, so the family and I go home, make some hot chocolate, and sit by the tree. This is also when we exchange our gifts for each other— it’s a great way to finish off the night. However, “Santa” still leaves a trio of presents for Jessica to open in the morning. When our daughter was born, the whole Santa Claus tradition was a big point of debate for us. After all, the jolly man in the flying sleigh isn’t exactly biblical. Still, there’s something to be said about the excitement and mystery of it all, so Margaret and I decided on a compromise. Santa comes to our house each year and leaves three gifts, just like the three wise men. It’s become such a staple tradition that we still keep it up today! We usually have a relaxing Christmas morning at home before getting ready to visit loved ones. We alternate where we have dinner from year to year, so the traditions can be a little up in the air at this juncture. As of late, when we’re with my in-laws, there’s usually some talk about going to see a movie, which seems to be an increasingly popular way to spend the holiday. I don’t mind. We Lunsfords are nothing if not big movie fans. In truth, it’s not really Christmas at our house unless we’ve managed to watch at least one of the seasonal classics. We’ll usually go for “White Christmas,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” or “A Christmas Story.” I

always try to get “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “Scrooged” on the list, too, though I’m usually overruled.

While this is a joyous time of year at home, it’s also an exciting time at the office. We’ve added a lot of new faces to the Pye- Barker team in preparation for the new year, and I can’t wait to introduce them all! On a more bittersweet note, our longtime shipping and receiving clerk, Patrick Percival, is retiring at the end of the year. Since 1985, he’s been an amazing member of the Pye-Barker family, working (much like Santa Claus) to get all our packages where they need to be. We wish Patrick all the best in this next chapter and thank him for his many decades of hard work. So whether you’re sticking to long-standing holiday traditions or trying something new this year, we wish you and your family a joyous season and a happy start to 2020!

-Eric Lunsford

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