A bit of terror from the world beyond the academy.
I work in that place you send all your students -- you know, where "if you act like that in the 'real world', we'll see how you fare"?
Today some HR person put up a big sign showing a bare tree and the words "Recognize your colleagues. Say thanks for a job well done." Attached at the bottom of the sign was a pouch with pieces of paper upon which one could identify their colleague and why they are so wonderful along with tape to affix it to the tree.
Each piece of paper? A snowflake.
Winter is coming.