The Joy of Banksgivings Past

Dating back many yuletides past (1997 to be exact), the MMI annual bank-decorating contest known as “Banksgiving” is a festive occasion in which MMIers take ordinary, unsuspecting ceramic animals and turn them into…well, whatever we want, in the hopes of being named the GRAND PRIZE WINNER.

Sure, it’s silly and it’s fun, but we take it pretty seriously over here. Why? Because when it’s all said and done — once the paint and the glue (and sometimes mini wigs, dry ice and even Jell-O) are put away and the winners have been crowned, and we’ve all heard enough puns to last a lifetime — we know these little creatures will go on our desks to collect our loose change all year ‘round.

At the end of next year, we’ll gather all that change and vote for a charity to donate it to. Yes, we suppose we could just write a check, but it wouldn’t be nearly as challenging, fun or creative. In other words, it wouldn’t be us. And it wouldn’t be Banksgiving.