Chippewa Valley news, events, and virtual high fives from your friends at Volume One Magazine.
Inbox Delight - Volume One's Weekly Email Newsletter
Volume One's Weekly Email Newsletter

    Those of you who celebrate Christmas – or simply work in an office with one or two coworkers perpetually drunk on holiday cheer – have probably heard of “Secret Santa” (or “Secret Snowman” if your office maintains a culturally diverse workforce).

    Well, we here at Volume One are no exception. We began our own Secret Santa Experiment a few days ago. While we were drawing names and discussing some ground rules, one coworker (obviously infused with holiday spirit) declared, “OK, I ain’t MAKING you guys anything.”

    Which reminded me that almost everyone I’ve ever met, outside of a few über-jolly relatives, absolutely hates “homemade Christmas.” Why is this? Are people too lazy to conceive and create a suitable gift? Is it a Midwestern thing? Are we making ourselves too vulnerable by bestowing upon friends and family an intimate part of ourselves, exposing our creative talents or lack thereof?

    Usually, the homemade-haters far outnumber the homemade-lovers, and fistfights rarely breakout between the two groups. At any rate, the Volume One staff is not required to make their Secret Santa gifts, which is probably a good thing, because we’d all just make each other mix CDs anyway.

Volume One

“Some Area Kids Playing Without Hats and Mittens”

Water Street Reads

BON IVER:
Anywhere from Here

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is championing the Chippewa Valley with every climbing step.

BON IVER: Back Tracks

the albums before the album

BON IVER: A Timeline

a For Emma timeline from there to here

VIDEO: Volume One's Big Week, Dec. 8

VIDEO: Accordion Jingle Bell Bus

Sponsored Eatery
Amber Inn Bar & Grill

Eau Claire  -  An “original” bar and grill, family owned and operated for 38 years, where the food is prepared right behind the bar, the 138-year old Amber Inn is a neighborhood favorite. Over 50 menu items, featuring famous half-pound burgers, deli sandwiches with hand-cut meats, original bar-style recipes, Thursday and Friday Fish Fry and more. Full bar, signature homemade Bloody Marys, 10 draft taps and 20+ bottled beer selection.