Over the years I have received hundreds of Christmas cards from all over the world. I still can’t believe how many different types of cards there are out there. They have rectangle, square, triangle and yes even round. Who knew? The one I received was shaped like a wreath. Oh it was so pretty. Although I love all the cards I get, I really like the vertical cards the best. They all stand up so nicely on my table and mantle. I have more room to display the vertical vs. the horizontal Christmas Cards. This year I may even have to add a few cards to my entry way. It seems I get more and more cards every year. I look forward to opening them and seeing who they’re from. I get pictures in most of them, from family and friends. (How fast everyone grows up).
This year I ordered four different style Christmas cards from the Gallery Collection. They have such a wonderful assortment of cards. And yes, I ordered all vertical cards. You just cannot beat the quality of their cards. I feel they show that I put a lot of thought into sending out my cards. And they are reasonably priced. Have you seen the cost of store bought cards these days? Gees! They are so expensive. With Gallery Collection cards, I get to add a special touch to my cards and I add my own special message to each one. Since I use the vertical cards, I have plenty of room to let everyone know what I’ve been up to this past year. I can’t wait!
Having a Christmas Party at work can be strenuous. First, you have to come up with an appropriate Christmas party theme for the office. Then, the planning begins. The planning is the easy part. One of the hardest part seems to be a theme. Since I have been in charge of this project, we have had four themes.
The first year we did ‘Christmas Around the World.’ That was fun. We had the words Merry Christmas and Santa Claus in languages from different countries. We had dishes from different countries on the table. And we even had people tell short stories of their Christmas traditions. That year was one of my favorites. The next year, we worked with Toys for Tots. Our theme was ‘Santa’s Christmas List.’ The idea was to buy a gift that you would have wanted as a child and donate it. Everyone who brought in a gift for a child received a ticket to our Christmas Buffet. It was a great year for the kids. My associates were very generous. The third year, our theme was ‘Generosity and Kindness.’ The idea was to be generous and giving for the Month before Christmas. Every time you did something nice or charitable, you received a ticket for our tricky tray. The nicer and more generous you were, the more tickets you got to put into the bucket. Everyone seemed so much nicer that year!
This year, I’m working on something really special. We are actually having a Christmas Mini Carnival. We are inviting the families of the staff so they can enjoy some carnival games, popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream, and of course, a visit from the big man himself, Santa Claus. Then we will have a sit down style dinner. I know family is the most important thing in life, so why not include them in the fun. I’ve already called The Gallery Collection to order my corporate holiday party invitations. Everyone is so excited. My boss can’t wait to dress up as you know who!
Being in charge of planning office parties is tough, but I do enjoy the challenge. Every year we have at least four office parties. There is the annual Christmas party, and our office Thanksgiving feast. And then twice a year my company likes to throw a shindig to show the staff how much they appreciate all the hard work they have done. A day to just let go and have fun. We have had some really nice parties. Some of our office party themes have been “Fabulous 50’s” where we came dressed in poodle skirts, ponytails, leather jackets, and bobby socks. We had root beer floats, french fries and burgers. Hula hoop contests, bubble gum blowing contests, we even had a phrase contest. The person who wrote down the most words or phrases from the 50’s won a gift card. We’ve had the “Stars from the 70’s” theme. Everyone got to dress as their favorite star from that era. Trying to guess them was fun. We’ve also had “Country Western Roundup”, “Country Fair Jamboree” and “Desert Island Scavenger Hunt.”
I think my all time favorite would have to be “A Day to Say Mahalo.” Have you ever seen a grown man hula? Everyone received their grass skirts, their coconut cups, and their leis (plastic of course). Whenever you saw someone do or say something nice, you gave them a lei. The person with the most leis at the end of the day won a gift card. We had a really nice buffet lunch also. Pulled pork, pineapple upside cake, coconut shrimp, and fish of course.
Office parties are a great way to show your staff that you really care. You can even have a contest on what the next office party theme should be. You would be surprised at all the great ideas people have.
One day on my way to my office, I was trying to think of a way to boost the morale of my co-workers, as well as try to find a way to improve the way we interact with our clients. As I approached the elevator, I noticed someone was holding a birthday card they had received. “That’s it!” I said to myself. “I’ll send out business birthday cards!” I headed to my desk and went online to The Gallery Collection. They had such a wonderful selection of birthday cards I was bound to find a few I liked. Well, I not only found birthday cards, they also had assortment boxes for all occasions. I was having a ball ordering everything I needed to fill my needs. And I couldn’t believe how easy it was.
After I ordered my birthday cards and all occasion cards, I went in search of lists for birthdays and anniversaries of co-workers and clients. Wow, I can’t believe how many are coming up so fast. I made my list, and once I received the cards I got started on signing and sending them all out. I was thanked by the people I work with and business seems to have picked up. All from a birthday card. What a concept!