office party

So, we’ve hit the wall and I’m kinda curious to see how you guys handle this situation. 


While its not my first Christmas in my current office, I had only been there 3 months when the holidays rolled around last year and my boss at the time had just quit so we were frying much bigger fish (oooo that would have been a good idea!). 

Christmas came and went last year.  For me it was just something I survived.  I was not in a good mental place.  I put a tree up out of obligations (something I can’t even say I did this year).  My gifts weren’t very intentional and probably didn’t even have ribbons on them.  Christmas marked a break, a chance for my brain to shut down. And, I think I sent out Christmas cards?  Hopefully!

You think I’m making too big a deal out of it?  But, let me list the things that have to be considered and then you tell me if I’m over reacting.

  • who plans it?
  • what has been done in the past?
  • does it need to have a theme?
  • do you go out to eat or go with the pot luck (we only have 4 in our office)?
  • do we buy gifts?
  • how much do we spend?
  • how do we exchange them?
  • do we get involved in another “holiday” related charity and give something back?
  • do we plan something for our volunteers?
  • when do we have it?  during office hours or after hours? 
  • do you ask for input or just decide?
  • do you play games or go do an activity together off site?
  • thankfully we have girls only, but boys to consider makes it more complicated!
  • do you buy your boss a present different than other people?
  • do you give everyone the same thing or something personalized?
  • how do you include staff that are on your team but work from a home office?

See, there are many things to be considered especially when there are 4 people who are doing their first office Christmas party together. 

This is real life people…..

How do you handle your office party?


3 Replies to “office party”

  1. We have a ornament exchange at the hospital where I work. In my department, if you want to participate, you write your name down, and you are paired with another nurse or staff member. We buy an ornament for the person (total 10 dollars) and hang it up in our Christmas Tree. At the time of the party, everyone gets to pick up their ornament (usually has name on it). We also have a pot luck, everyone brings in something to share.

  2. With a small group, I would just go eat. You could do a "pick a name" gift exchange so you are just buying for one person…or something simple like ornaments.

    When I worked in a small office for an internship, we just went to lunch for special occasions.

    Maybe instead of gifts, you could each give some money and do something charitable too? Maybe you could spend your party time buying gifts for a family or something? Just throwing out ideas…

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