Porch Company Traditions

Early in the life of The Porch Company, we sent Christmas Cards which had a picture of our cast of characters with well wishes for the coming year. The next addition to the card was some sort of personal statement from each. Because most of our carpenters are resistant to writing homey Christmas messages we would come up with a theme, supported by a quote from the Bible. This worked and we are able (by force) to get everyone to write a one sentence message. Many years later, we keep up the tradition.

One year, we were slated to start a new job in January and the client received our card in December. The client was a bit nervous of workmen coming to her home and the first day of construction she called, very agitated. She wanted to know if she should call the police because someone was tearing her house apart. I explained that was Norm, one of our carpenters, and he was there, as planned, to start construction on the porch. The phone line was quiet for a moment and then she said, “But he’s not on the Christmas Card!” That’s when I realized that, in fact, Norm was absent the day of the photo shoot!

Today we have the ability to photoshop in our absentee people to avoid such angst. I don’t think it’s too hard to determine who was added later, but it’s now part of the fun. First, find the people you know, find their quote and then try and determine who was added via photoshop! Here is this year’s card. I hope you enjoy.


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