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As Noddy Holder would say ‘it’s Chriiiiiistmaaaaas!’

Last year Christmas started for me in November. And it was deemed acceptable in the circumstances. But it seems it’s become a new tradition. By the 27th November I’d decorated the house, put the tree up, decorated the windows, bought another 2 Christmas jumpers to add to the growing collection, danced to Maria 3 times AND seen Father Christmas!

Even if you fall more on the bah humbug side of things, remember that most people still want to find whatever way they can of enjoying themselves for the rest of the year.

So if you manage a team or run a business, this is your opportunity to throw a bit of fun into the mix to keep you and everyone else going.

Come up with your own ideas or ask the team what they want to do. Maybe you’re all bah-humbugs together but then you can make an event/theme out of that!


If you’re short of ideas here are a few things to get you going:

Advent Balloons

Blow up 12 or 24 balloons with pieces of paper inside that have gifts or jokes written on them, give everyone a chance to have a pop. If they’re working from home, you can pop them for them in online team catch-ups.

Decorate the office

Get everyone to bring in any decorations from home that they’re not using or have everyone make some decorations if they are working from home run a competition for best festive dressed home-working space.

Secret Santa

You don’t need me to tell you how this works! If it’s too difficult to get them out to everyone, then you can send a little Not So Secret Santa gift to everyone yourself.

Mulled Wine and cheese day

Who doesn’t like cheese? Ok, some people might not, so make sure you have some other options that fit dietary requirements and preferences. You could do other food-based days; Mince Pie day, Turkey & Pumpkin Pie day, Nutcracking day. You get the idea.

Turkey Sandwich Leaderboard

We loved this in the HR team at Nickelodeon. Create a chart for all shops selling turkey sandwiches. Everyone gives them marks out of ten as and when they try them, and you announce the winning sandwich by Christmas. Again, it doesn’t just have to be Turkey, make it a Festive Sandwich Leaderboard to be more inclusive.

Competitions

I’m all for a bit of healthy competition so if it’s not decorating your desk, how about a Christmas Quiz, Festive Bingo, Mince Pie making or Gingerbread House decorating. I realise now there is a theme of food running through a lot of these suggestions.

Time off

Be flexible around hours and family commitments by supporting late starts or early finishes. Or how about giving everyone an extra half-day for Christmas shopping?

Compassion

It’s not all about frivolity. This is a great time of year to bring your team together by giving to others. So whether that’s volunteering or putting together charity boxes, look into the charities local to you and see how you can get your team involved and give back to the community.

And if you want spot gifts/prizes that don’t break the bank, then you might want to consider a mini Christmas tree, a cheeseboard, a takeaway voucher, a half-day holiday, a selection box, a turkey crown, a woolly hat. Even consider a gift voucher from a local business for a haircut, or a massage or a restaurant voucher. It doesn’t have to be expensive; it’s just the idea behind it and the opportunity to raise a smile and also support our local small businesses.

Whatever you choose to do, we hope you have a great December and remember, we are here if you need us.

Have a great festive season!