As 2018 draws to a close, it’s nice to relax and ready ourselves for the Christmas festivities. We’re still here, and we’re still writing business and dealing with customer service enquiries; but we’re also finding the time to partake in a few festive traditions.
Take a look below, and let us know what your traditions entail!
We held our Christmas Party on Saturday 15th December this year around Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. Silly outfits, multiple venues and a fair few beverages. A good night was had by all.
If you’d like to see more on our celebrations, check out our post here: Christmas Party 2016
Christmas Jumper Day
Each year we participate in a Christmas Jumper Day to raise funds for charity. In past years it had been for Text Santa [http://www.itv.com/textsanta], contributing to the £32 million raised for 25 charities. In recent years the national attention has shifted to Save the Children [https://christmasjumperday.org/] charity drive. This years official Christmas Jumper Day was December 14th for the Save the Children initiative. 100% of the money raised is given directly to the charity. In 2018, the current amount raised sits at £449,757.
No work festivities would be complete without a Secret Santa. For anyone who doesn’t know, this is a Western Christmas tradition. All participating staff have their names put into a hat; whoever you pull out, you must anonymously get a gift for. Typically there is a set budget to ensure the exchanged gifts are of similar value. In an office full of mischievous colleagues who like a laugh and tease, the gifts often are wildly inappropriate and NSFW.
Pretty self-explanatory, but we like to throw a buffet for all the employees to enjoy. Each staff members takes ownership of a particular item from a list, and then on the specified date, everyone turns up with their chosen item(s). The canteen becomes overrun with various plates, bowls and boxes of treats and goodies; and shortly thereafter, with ravenous employees. Feeding time at the zoo, anyone?
After locking up the offices at 13:00 on Christmas Eve, we declare ourselves closed until December 27th. We then head off for some well deserved social drinks and toast to our good health at a nearby venue.
What Christmas traditions do you have? Be sure to let us know on our social media.