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Unbillable Hours is our weekly round-up of what we're doing when we're not working on client projects, plus our most-talked-about Slack links.

Our ninth edition is full of seasonal cheer, and a couple of days early as we're all shoving off on our holidays soon. This week I've gone all-in on the festive vibes. Normal service will resume in the New Year.

What we're doing with our extra days off

  • The 15-year-old me is super excited to hear Some Voices choir sing the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet complete with neon crucifixes and Capulet masquerade ball (Thurs 18)
  • One of our resident Canadians is leading a trip to watch the lumberjack circus Timber! at Southbank (Mon 22nd) full of acrobatics and clever tricks with saws, axes and logs (of course)
  • For some peace and quiet, we'll be taking a stroll through the Geffrye Museum's eleven period rooms which are transformed with authentic festive decorations this time of year

Last minute gift ideas

What we've been reading and watching

In our headphones

OMG. We can't believe it is the final episode of Serial on Thursday. We're also working our way through Slate's 25 Best Podcast Episodes Ever.

D'Angelo.

'Tis the season for sharing our favourite Christmas tunes on Slack:

What we've been eating and drinking

We've already kicked off the feasting and boozing at our Annual Made by Many Beach Party™, and now we're ploughing through mulled wine and dreaming of xmas day pigs-in-blankets.

I've been lucky enough to try a Honey & Lavender Old Fashioned this week, and am stocking up on prosecco, blackberries and red vermouth for at-home cocktails. If you're not drinking, try this bubbly mocktail instead. If you like beer and illustration, have a look at Kate Prior's awesome designs for Maul Brewing Co:

So that we don't feel too awful we're trying to burn a few calories ahead of time. The Many have been getting up in the dark for #adventrunning, outdoor swimming and signing up for the second ever Hackney Half Marathon. I'm currently dragging myself through Frame's 12 Days of Christmas.

But enough of all that, let's just pause a moment to think about the Hawksmoor Christmas burger:

Have a great week whatever you're doing. We'll be back with more Unbillable Hours in 2015!

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