How to Celebrate the Holidays at the Office

How to Celebrate the Holidays at the Office
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    Our society tends to prioritize some winter holidays more than others, but they all deserve celebration.

    However, this is often difficult in a group setting such as an office, since different people have different beliefs.


If you’re celebrating the winter holiday season, use these ideas for how to celebrate the holidays at the office so that everyone has a good time.

Have a Holiday Bake-Off or Potluck

Everyone likes food. Bring some competition to the holidays with a bake-off between coworkers. Everyone can make a dessert of their choice and vote on their favorites. Participants should check for allergies or dietary restrictions around the office to ensure safety. Offer a prize for the winner to incentivize participation.

If no one feels inclined to compete against one another, have a potluck instead; coworkers can bring in their favorite dishes for others to try. A regular office lunch will turn into an inclusive bonding experience.

Schedule Festive Clothing Days

No holiday celebration would be complete without a festive clothing day. Ugly holiday sweaters are perfect because they provide a funny, cheerful mood to any office environment, and everyone will share a hearty laugh.

You can also have a holiday-themed clothing day where workers wear festive outfits instead of their normal business attire. Perhaps initiate a “wear what you want” day where everyone gets to wear comfortable clothing such as T-shirts, sweatpants, jeans, and pajamas to work.

Participate in a Holiday Gift/Card Exchange

A gift exchange is a good way to get workers to connect. Having an office-wide exchange will introduce people from other departments and bring coworkers closer. People will have to talk to each other to determine what gifts to give.

If giving gifts seems too inappropriate for your work environment, do a card exchange instead. A nice card saying “happy holidays” is sure to bring joy to everyone involved.

Hold a Decorations Contest

Decorating desks will put anyone into the holiday spirit. Knowing how to decorate your desk for the holidays is important. For example, holiday lights are the perfect way to illumine any office space with bright, upbeat colors. Decorations could be as extravagant or as minimalistic as the desk owner wants. No matter what, it will show workers and visitors that your office is a fun place to celebrate the holiday season.

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Hold an Office Party

One of the most common holiday-themed activities, an office party seems almost essential. It’s a celebratory, engaging event that everyone can enjoy. Depending on how small or large the party is, you can hold one onsite or at a local venue. Keep it sober, professional, and light-hearted or casual, alcohol-filled, and inviting.

Whatever the theme, people are sure to have a good time. Make sure to schedule this party around the various winter holidays so that workers can still fulfill their own holiday obligations.

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