I’ve been at my job for over seven years and have had mostly the same people on my team. As a result we developed a routine for how we dealt with Christmas in the office. However, recently we’ve hired a few new people and it’s quickly becoming clear that the Christmas status quo will have to be changed.
Now I don’t want to get to ‘Bah Humbug’ here, but sometimes I feel like office Christmas celebrations at the office can be a bit of a chore.
Here are some unique ideas:
Volunteer Together – It always makes me happy when I feel like I’ve made a difference in someone else’s life. Helping out at the local homeless shelter or senior citizens home is a great way to get that feel-good buzz as well as a chance to bond with your co-workers.
Deck the Halls – It’s hard to know how much is too much when it comes to decorating your office cubicle – so why not go all out? Turn it into a competition where the winner has the most ridiculous display. Decorating gives you a chance to be creative and helps you get into the holiday spirit.
Holiday Karaoke – Drinking and singing is a classic way of bonding with co-workers, although it can be difficult to get to know someone in a noisy bar. So why not do karaoke the way it was meant to be done?
Pamper Yourself – This could be a great way to spend the last Friday afternoon before Christmas.
Change it up! – Everyone has done Secret Santa a million times, so why not change it up and give it a theme? For example, if you want to get to know your co-workers better then you can have everyone give a special gift that is unique to their hometown, or that gives an insight into their family upbringing or traditions. If you have a little Secret Santa party then everyone can have a moment to explain their gift so that everyone learns a little bit more about them. (A suggestion from Emily Leefe.)
Wine Tasting – Going on a night out with co-workers can be a bit awkward if you don’t know them very well. Going on a trip together helps to break the ice and keep the conversation going. I would recommend a wine tasting event, since it gives everyone a chance to loosen up, but also still feel sophisticated.
How does your office celebrate the holidays?
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