Why Christmas in July?

by Marylynne Christman
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The concept of Christmas in July was started in an attempt to cool off during the hot summer months. The celebrations included Christmas traditions like Santa Claus in his summer attire, ice cream,other cold foods, and gifts. It has also been reported that it was thought up by retailers to try to take advantage of the sales season they experience in the fall. You may have already started to see the Christmas decorations on sale at the stores.

For us in the event community it is a great reminder that Christmas will be here before you know it and if you are going to have an office party now is the time to get started.
Here are a few statistics:
79% of companies hold Company Holiday Parties
47% hold them during the workday - planning luncheons instead of dinners
53% are held on site at their office or facility
58% serve alcohol
49% of employees said they would leave their jobs for a company that recognizes their employees for their efforts.
Though for many companies they feel the bonus is the obvious choice; some employees are very fond of the office holiday party. They look forward to it all year. A holiday party can boost morale at a company more than money.
Most holiday parties fall on the responsibility of the Human Resources team, Executive Administrative Assistant or a committee of company volunteers. Did you know that event planning is ranked as the 4th most stressful job? Why put your team through that? Hire someone to do it for them, or at least to handle the event on site. All of your employees deserve to enjoy the festivities.

Why wait until the holiday season? Why not mix it up and celebrate a different holiday? Like I say "Everyday is a Holiday, Celebrate Everyday"

September 10: Swap Ideas Day - Potluck

September 14: Kreme Filled Doughnut Day - Doughnuts and Coffee

September 18: Cheeseburger day - Have a BBQ Grill Party

October 4: Improve your office day - Office Supply Exchange Party or Decorate your Cubicle/Office contest

October 6: Mad Hatter Day - Tea Party with Crazy Hat Contest

October 17: National Pasta Day - Italian Themed party

November 3: Sandwich Day - Build Your Own Sandwich Buffet

November 15: National Day of Play - Bring in Xboxes, Billiards, Casino Games, Ping Pong or go bowling!

November 24: Unique Talent Day - Have a talent contest XYZ Company's Got Talent

But if you want to stick with the traditional holiday festivities we have some great ideas for that party too.

The morale of this story is: Don't forget your employees; Be creative and you can stay within a budget; and Hire us to do the party festivities for you.

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