So I wanted to do a different kind of post that showcased my full-time job. I wanted to give you guys a little insight into my work life and what I get up to during the Festive period. This is all about the window schemes and in-store schemes that we implement throughout the Christmas season.
A couple of weeks before anything goes in for Christmas we are shown the window scheme through guidelines that the business sends down. They send down a document of what will be going in each window, this is the first time we find out what will be our campaign for the Christmas period. In addition to this, they also send down a document breaking down every individual piece we will have for the windows and for the in-store scheme, on this document they also tell us when an outside team will come into the store and put up our lit garlands along the walkway. The first part of Christmas goes in a week before the Christmas windows start. This is when the VM team work alongside a team through the night to implement Christmas within the store. We get delivered all of our Christmas props in one night, which is so time-consuming to try and prepare for, especially when there is only two of you on VM.
However, once it’s been delivered it’s on to putting out the many Christmas trees they provide us with. They provide us with 3 sizes of trees, 2.4m 1.9m and 1.6m. We then have to distribute the trees around the store, focusing on mainly grouping them with mannequins and event zones. Once the trees have been fluffed and put into place it’s time to add the garlands in any walls of the store that are empty. These garlands have added present boxes on to them to give it more of a festive vibe throughout the store. This year because of pairing with the Paddington film we had added suitcases to mimic the suitcase Paddington has. The food section has its own scheme with adding more props like luggage tags hanging from the ceiling and pots of marmalade to co-inside with the Paddington theme running throughout the store.