2023 Winter Celebration

Inside the Snow Globe

Tuesday, December 5

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Smathers Room 100

Here is a preview of what we’re working on:

Catered Lunch

  • House Salad with baby greens and dressing
  • Ranch Dressing (soy, eggs, milk)
  • Italian Dressing (soy)
  • Roasted turkey with turkey gravy
  • Gravy (soy, wheat, milk)
  • Brown sugar glazed ham
  • Garlic mashed potatoes (milk)
  • Green beans with craisins and crispy onions (wheat) (vegan)
  • Pasta primavera (wheat)
  • Cornbread  (eggs, milk)

Assorted Desserts from Publix

Publix logo
  • Apple Pie (wheat, milk, egg)
  • Dutch Apple Pie  (wheat, milk, soy)
  • Pecan Pie (wheat, milk, egg, soy)
  • Sweet Potato Pie (wheat, soy, and eggs)
  • Fresh Fruit Tart Platter (wheat, milk, egg, soy)
  • Vegan Cookie Platter  (wheat, peanuts, soy, milk, coconut)

Recipe Cards

Snow globe with a recipe card inside

Have a favorite recipe you love, and you know your colleagues are sure to love, too? We will be compiling recipes into a set of printable recipe cards.

On the submission form, you are able to submit your recipe by one of the following:

  • Copy & paste or type in recipe
  • Provide URL to recipe
  • Upload a document file containing your recipe

You will also be given the opportunity to provide an image, share why it is a favorite, and anything that makes this recipe just that little bit better.

Once submitted, your recipe will be put into a common format, and added to the set of printable recipe cards.

Submit your recipes here: https://tinyurl.com/2023-WC-Recipe-Cards

Door Prizes

Here are some of our donors:

Raising Cane’s | Just Salad | Kanapaha Botanical Gardens  | The Hippodrome | Texas Roadhouse | Blackadder Brewing Company | Satchel’s Pizza  | Mi Apa | Wawa | Spurrier’s Gridiron Grill | Santa Fe teaching Zoo | The Cheesecake Factory | University Press of Florida | Gainesville Community Playhouse | Alumni Hall | First Magnitude | Winn-Dixie | Red Roof Inn | Blue Highway

Logos of the Door Prize donors

If you can’t make it to the Winter Celebration, we still want to recognize you for your hard work by giving you the opportunity to be included in the door prize drawing!

If you would like to participate in the Virtual Door Prize Raffle, you will be able to select your top 5 choices to enter in the drawing. Once you submit your choices, your name will be added to the selected raffle boxes. Each employee is eligible to win one door prize. 

Online submissions will be accepted through November 30th.

Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/2023-Door-Prize


The Winter Celebration Committee invites you to contribute to an underfunded charity in North Central Florida this year! Options for giving include monetary donations, sponsoring, or volunteering time to the organization. The online donation drive will begin November 1st and run all the way up to the Winter Celebration Party on December 5th.

We are also continuing our yearly branch food donations to the Alan and Cathy Hitchcock Field & Fork Pantry. Be on the lookout for a donation box arriving in your branch or department between November 18-27th. The donation drive will last through Tuesday, December 12th and will be collecting nonperishable items for the UF community. The Pantry Wishlist is linked above.

Centerpiece Contest

Pull on your creative hats, get some colleagues, and get ready to enter the Centerpiece Contest. Centerpieces will be displayed at the Winter Celebration on Dec. 5th. You’ll also have the option to issue a challenge to another participant / participating group. Sign up by Friday, December 1st.

THEME: Inside the snow globe


  • Best Story
  • Best Use of Color
  • Most Complex
  • Most Creative
  • People’s Choice

Sign up here (recommended): https://tinyurl.com/2023-Centerpiece-Contest

Photo Match Contest

UPDATE: How well do you know your colleagues? Can you match these 9 employees with a “Person, Pet or Plant that is important” to them?

Enter your guesses here by Sun, Dec 3: https://tinyurl.com/2023-Play-Photo-Match

Unwrapping Relay

Two teams compete to be the first to open a series of smaller, and more elaborately wrapped boxes to find the clue inside, a hint to finding goal that’s hidden somewhere in room 100. Sign up by Friday, December 1st.

Sign-up here: https://tinyurl.com/2023-Unwrapping-Relay

Unwrapping Relay Rules

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Bring a wrapped gift, and get ready for fun. Participants take turns selecting gifts, wrapped ones from the table, or one already opened by another participant. Swap and steal your way until everyone has a gift.

To keep things moving, we are hosting up to 3 sessions of the White Elephant Gift Exchange game this year. Sign up by Friday, December 1st with preferences for play.

Sign-up here: https://tinyurl.com/2023-White-Elephant-signup

Session A:  Begins 11:30 am,  Smathers’ Conference Room, traditional rules
Session B:  Begins   1:30 pm,  Smathers’ Room 100, traditional rules
Session C:  Begins   1:30 pm,  Smathers’ Conference Room, surprise extra rules

White Elephant Gift Exchange Rules

Sign-Up Central

Share your Favorite Recipes

Recipe Cards

Have a favorite recipe you love, and you know your colleagues are sure to love, too? We will be compiling recipes into a set of printable recipe cards.

Cartoon snow Globe with Recipe Card inside


Unwrapping Relay

Teams of 10 compete to unwrap the nested gifts, get the clue within, and find the item hidden in room 100.

Blurred image of two individuals unwrapping large boxes

Classic Gift swap Game

White Elephant Gift Exchange

Participants bring a wrapped gift, gets a number and then select, unwrap, and steal gifts until the end of the game, when they get to take it home.

Blurred image of two White Elephant Gift Exchange participants

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