It’s that time of year again – and we all seem to be that little bit chirpier wearing Christmas jumpers and drinking mulled wine. However, offices are not generally the most festive environments, which can really put a dampener on that festive spirit. Vincenzo Ferrara, staff writer at PA Life, looks at the best ways to fill the offices with holiday cheer.
1. Get a Christmas tree – It might seem obvious and that’s because it is, but getting an office Christmas tree means that everyone will be reminded that the holidays are coming. Even in the most demanding office environments, watching people pass the Christmas tree is a sure fire way to put a smile on peoples’ faces.
If your office doesn’t allow for a full sized tree opt for a little desk Christmas tree, which you can dress up with little decorations. Most offices allow desk plants and it will add a bit of colour to the place.
2. Christmas songs – We are still in the early stages of December, which means that you probably don’t want three weeks of constant festive songs in the background.
The secret to playing festive tunes without driving yourself – and the rest of the office absolutely crazy – is to add one Christmas song a day into the office playlist. Gradually building the songs into the playlist means that by Christmas day you’ll still enjoy the Christmas classics, but won’t have lost your sanity.
3. Treat yourself – It might be a run-up to the biggest gift exchange of the year, but remember to treat yourself over the festive period.
Simple things like treating yourself to a new office mug, trying that new festive-themed coffee at your local coffee shop or getting some new stationery can be all it takes. Even though they are only small treats, they can change your mood for the better and make Christmas a much happier time.
4. Get yourself an advent calendar – It’s not too late to still get hold of an advent calendar, and advent calendars for adults are much more exciting than the chocolate one you had as a child.
You can now purchase one of the adult advent calendars that cover a range of different topics including: wines, spirits, cheese, Lego, beauty products and of course the classic chocolate advent calendar. (Top tip: Leave this at the office, so you don’t have to share it with the kids).
5. Wear Christmas clothing – There are only 25 acceptable days to wear Christmas clothing in a year and those days start on December 1. With plenty of Christmas clothing to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding to get yourself a cheeky jumper or a festive themed t-shirt.
It may seem silly but just wearing a piece of festive clothing will make you seem all holly jolly this Christmas, instead of being a bit of a Grinch. I’ve found that wearing one to an internal work meeting is a great way to break the ice.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure you try to celebrate with those around you. We spend most of our adult lives at work and it’s the perfect excuse to make everyone a little happier. If you have any suggestions about making your office feel a little more festive, please contact Vincenzo Ferrara on email@example.com.