Candice: I have to say I’m finding the build up to Christmas a bit depressing this year. It’s not just the fact that the days are getting shorter and shorter, or the fact I seem to have developed an insatiable need to eat chocolate constantly, or even the fact that I was woken up at 5.30am by the little person.
I think it’s because people seem to have forgotten that Christmas is fun. I went to our office Christmas party the other week and had a great time. It was paid for by the company and catered for everyone in the building. However, the drop out rate was really high, with people on the day saying “I can’t be bothered”, “I’m tired” etc etc. Having worked in a few places over the years I think a paid for Christmas party is like manna from heaven find it really disappointing that people don’t see this as a good thing.
I then over heard someone talking about another office party on the phone the other day. “I’m just going to drop in, I’m not up for a big night.” Come on People! Christmas is all about celebrating. It’s the only time of year that EVERYONE is on holiday at the same time. It’s also a good time to have some fun with your work colleagues, relax, enjoy each other’s company and remember that we are human beings not just robots.
I suppose fundamentally my attitude is different. I enjoy going to work, I’m at it 5 days a week for 8hrs a day so I think you might as well get the most out of it. I’ve made so many friends over the years at work and done lots of other things because of them.
So come on people, put some tinsel up, wear your Christmas jumper, have a few shandies and photocopy your bum. I’m off to another one on Friday at my old work, I’m going to see if they have more of a Christmas vibe, if not I’ll find it for them.