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Christmas is here

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Candice: I’ve let Phil do most of the writing on the blog this year.  Being a parent and working full time does not allow a lot of time for thinking so I keep it for book writing and editing rather than blog writing.

But I felt we were  missing our traditional Christmas blog post about photocopying bums at Christmas parties.

The first book finishes with a Christmas party, and I still like the way that it opens.  I can still see dry ice and characters walking through the fog in a ‘Batman and Robin’ style.

I had my work’s Christmas party last week.  I can only just write this blog now as my head is still recovering.  I am not the best drinker so try to keep the alcohol intake to a minimum, this was not the case with my work colleagues who also decided that, as organiser of the Christmas do, I should have lots of free drinks as thanks.  One of those was a Jagerbomb…

I sloped off at midnight as I’d had a good two hours dancing and drinking since a lot earlier, I was an early bird compared to most.

I have a love/hate relationship with the Christmas party.  I pretty much always end up organising it, because no one else will, but it also means I have to spend a lot of time dealing with people asking stupid questions – what time does it start, how much is it etc.  But once the meal part is out of the way – ‘ herding cats’ is how a colleague described it, then I got what I really wanted. A chance to show that Mrs Demure in the office knows how to shake her butt.  Think more Tracey than Kate.

The other thing I had to organise was the Secret Santa, yet another herding cats experience.  However, I ended up with a well thought of present… a magic mug with that – when you put hot water in to it, the book appears.  Someone had been listening then.  So thanks to Secret Santa, I’m chuffed with it.

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What happened to Christmas spirit?

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.

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