December 1, 2019

Spread The Spirit!

“Family is not only blood.” This a very famous saying that I think we all know. If not, then you’re welcome.

Sometimes, during dark times, all you want is the comfort of your mom, your sibling, or even your best friend. But let’s face it, your loved ones aren’t in the lobby of your workplace waiting for you with arms wide open.

However, most of us consider the people we work with as a family. Don’t take me wrong, if you don’t then it’s completely fine.

Christmas is a time where we all seek family and festivities and at home, or in malls and supermarkets, but why don’t we also seek that festive and wholesome season with our second family and at the place we spend most of our time.

This is not a moral lesson or a sob story I promise. However, it is a reminder of things you might be able to tweak or do to make Christmas a bit more festive especially in your workplace.

Let’s talk decoration.

It takes a Christmas tree of whatever size you can get a hold of and some ornaments. I’m not saying turn your workplace into Santa’s factory, but some mistletoes here and there and candy canes might do the trick. I would suggest you dedicate a whole hour where you and your colleagues turn on some Christmas music and share the joy of decorating and celebrating the joy of the holidays.

How about we spice things up with Secret Santa.

In case you don’t know, Secret Santa is a tradition that many have taken in. It consists of adding the names of everyone in the company on small pieces of paper. Then each person gets to draw a name from the pile of names collected. The name they get will be the person they gift. Don’t worry, you are not required to spend a lot on the gift. It could simply be cute letters that you send daily with maybe a chocolate bar. Most importantly, your person shouldn’t know who you are, that just defies the “secret” part. Here is a link where you can make the draw for Secret Santa easier and more accessible.

Food! Don’t act like that doesn’t interest you. 

Christmas dinners are a tradition, but why not make it one with our work family?  When I say Christmas dinner I don’t mean a huge turkey with a lot of wine and a big could simply be a get together with Christmas music, some Christmas hats, and good food. What I do when it comes to the food in my Christmas dinner is that I tell everyone to make a specialty dish of theirs. Some get dessert others get some salads, some are in charge of main dishes, and others just get drinks. All that’s left is to find a venue, and that’s honestly the easiest part.

If you feel like your company of colleagues can contribute with a small sum of money, it would be nice of you to make a small piggy bank throughout the month and then give it to a family or association in need of some support.

It doesn’t matter if you are an employer or an employee, you can suggest the above idea to enrich your Christmas spirit and that of your peers.

From our work family to yours, Merry Christmas!

Jade N. Kfoury

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