A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story and Some Fun Recommendations

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

Do you find yourself smiling a lot during the holiday season? Eating too much? Hankering for fruitcake and fudge? Wrapping presents with beautiful bows and hanging lights?

Not everyone is a Christmas nut but here at AM Transport, we are big fans. We’ve got a decorated Christmas tree and had our annual Christmas party Friday night. We enjoyed a variety of Christmas cocktails and beers, ate until our bellies were full, laughed and danced until our legs were tired (mine are still tired almost a week later).

In my opinion, that’s the best part of the season, making time to celebrate with family and friends which is what the folks at AM Transport are–family and friends. I believe it’s how we’re different from many companies you might work with. We actually like being together and it shows.

Throughout the year, we have happy hours here at the office, an annual golf outing, a family picnic, and a costume party at Halloween. We bring food into the office (sometimes we even cook on site), we listen to music (you’ll often hear people singing) and talk about sports. We just like each other, and that’s good for the customers and carriers we work with because it means in and out of the office, we’re collaborating. 

In December, one of our favorite things to collaborate on is a list of recommendations for great Christmas gifts or activities. So if you’re looking for a last-minute gift or something to do with loved-ones over the next couple of weeks, we’ve got some excellent suggestions for you!

But before I share our unique and interesting list of gift recommendations, I thought I’d share Jakob Boulb’s Christmas tip.

“I recommend writing stuff down throughout the year. If someone mentions something they want, no matter what time of the year, write it down, so when Christmas comes around, you know what to get them. And 99% of the time, they won’t remember saying they wanted it, so they will be super surprised!”

What a great idea, Jakob!

AMT’s Top 5 Gift Recommendations for 2021

Metal detectors recommended by Rhonda Hazel.

We were having a hard time coming up with gift ideas for twin 8-year-olds this year. They like to go to the beach on vacation, so we decided on the kid version of metal detectors. Who knows what treasures they will find on the beach!

Gift certificates for experiences recommended by Michael McKinney and Kelsie Barnes.

Massages, facials, and spa days are always popular with my wife and kids. Concert tickets and sporting events are fun too. –Michael

Experiences like swimming lessons, movie passes, Top Golf, go karting, or museums are all good! –Kelsie

Lots of snuggly stuff recommended by Victoria Sturm.

Who doesn’t love to be warm all winter long in a soft blanket or slippers or pjs that are cozy and comfy. Bonus for anything that is sherpa material. I tell you, not one single person will complain when they receive something so soft and warm in the heart of winter!

Subscription Boxes recommended by Bridgett Jensen

I love getting subscription boxes full of things I didn’t know I wanted. A couple of good ones to try are the quarterly boxes from Margot Elena or Alltrue. But truthfully, you can find anything out there. If you’re looking for a great subscription box, check out this article on nymag.com.

Books recommended by Derek Walker.

Everyone needs to read more! 

And a few book recommendations for good measure!

One Line A Day: 5 Year Journal

A great record of daily activities you can go back to again and again.

The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman

Even if you decide not to journal, spending a few minutes a day with these meditations will enhance your life in a variety of ways.

Circe by Madeline Miller

If you’re inclined towards mythology at all, you don’t want to miss this great retelling of the story of Circe, daughter of Helios the god of the sun.

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved and No Cure for Being Human both by Kate Bowler

At 35, Kate Bowler, biblical scholar and mother of a young son was diagnosed with colon cancer. These two books tell the story of her journey while taking a long look at the self-help industry. You’ll cry for sure. (Just get both of them, trust me!)

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Chronicling the lives of a group of traveling artists who survived a global pandemic, Station Eleven is a tale for our times. And it’s airing on HBO as a limited series. I highly recommend you read the book first!

Please let us know if you take us up on any of these recommendations. We’re always interested in hearing what you think. And if you have some recommendations for us, we’d love to hear those too!