Post # 1
I always feel like a bah-humbug when I say this, but sometimes, all the obligations during the month of December really get to me. The company parties, especially. My office in particular goes very “Dunder Mifflin” during the holidays. Our president makes us particpate in all these stupid games, outings and competitions. On top of that, we’re asked to buy a white elephant gift and contribute toward a gift for the CEO. I work for a small office, and it’s pretty clear people would just rather have one company party and be done with it to spend the extra time with their families, and not particpate in a silly gift exchange, but our president is pretty insistant on it every year. It’s just really annoying, especially the white elephant gift because it’s always something you’ll never, ever use, and hence, a total waste of money.
I dunno, I’m fortunate to have a job and everything. I really am. But I feel that companies should be extra sensitive about personal time during the holiday season. I want to celebrate, but sadly, with my own friends and family, not my coworkers. I kind of dread the entire month of December at work.
Does anyone else have obligations they dread during the holidays?
Post # 3
We’re going to the awkward turtle christmas party this coming Friday. Oh wait, “end of the year party” since we have to be all politically correct. Last year I showed up in a simple black dress and got gawked at awkwardly. Apparently ti’s a dress shirt+dress pants kind of event. Friday will be the first time everyoen actually meets my husband. It will be weird.
Post # 5
“Awkward Turtle”? I feel like I need to know more 🙂
Post # 6
Ugh, our company Christmas party is so lame. They hold it every year at this restaurant that serves nothing but mushy, underseasoned food. Everyone gets really drunk, and last year I got comments ranging from, “All the men are staring at your cleavage in that dress” to “You’re hot. I mean, you look hot. I mean…” Plus, the general manager’s wife took my husband out for a spin on the dance floor and called him a “cutie”. Awkward!
A lot of people only go every other year or every few years, so we thought we’d be able to skip out pretty often. Unfortunately, my husband was pulled aside this week by his manager and told that he needs to be more involved in office extracurriculars if he wants to move up to management anytime soon. 🙁 We were able to get out of this year because I’m pregnant and I still puke after every meal, but I think we’ll be expected to go next year. Sigh.
Post # 7
I sometimes dread the holidays jsut because I need to figure out and coordinate how we spend it and with who so that no one gets hurt and no one gets offended.