The Annual Holiday Party
By Shannon Pulusan
The annual holiday get-together wraps up the year with a nice celebration shared with friends, co-workers and even family. You can always count on that one person to bake a divine batch of brownies. And there’s that other co-worker willing to dress up as Santa and bear the weight of every wishful child on his knee. But as heart-warming as the holiday season can be, these celebrations tend to become predictable when you know that “Santa” isn’t really from the North Pole (he resides two desks away from your office). The red and green motifs suddenly lose their appeal after exhausting the same decorations year after year. And the celebrations tend to fall under the motions like other routines.
In order to revive the holiday spirit and give the party more character, consider these ideas:
- Set a dress code. After all the RSVPs are received for the annual party, each attendee should be designated a specific color to wear to the event. For example, the dress code could be set to wearing red, green, gold and white. These colors can help separate people into teams for party games as well as keep colors diverse and festive.
- “Ugly” sweater party. No better occasion than to sport a holiday sweater that is so spirited it’s embarrassing. Nothing looks better than an embroidered portrait of the nine reindeer with pom-pom noses (one bright red one for Santa’s favorite).
- Relocate. Transform the lounge and meeting room into an unexpected venue. Instead of doing the expected garland and ornament hangings, make the room a winter wonderland. Make it a tropical island. Make it winter galactica, a holiday out of this world.
- Host a Winter Olympics. Nevermind Sochi 2014, this year could be 2013 Holiday Olympics right at the workplace. Organize a series of holiday games that can get the spirits high and the competition fierce. Tree decorating contest. Gift wrapping contest. Gingerbread design. Compose a new Christmas carol.
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