Years ago in my twenties, I had a corner office on the 13th floor of a downtown Vancouver high-rise. The company I worked for paid most people quite well, and usually besides having a very nice Christmas Gala at a very nice hotel, we were given a Christmas bonus anywhere between $300 and $500. One year there was talk that we might not get our cash bonus and they may be giving us a Christmas turkey instead. One woman I worked with was so furious she threatened that if she received a Christmas turkey instead of a cash bonus "she'd drop kick the damn turkey across the office". At the time as was surprised at her ungratefulness and being young, I was happy with any bonus (heck that bonus was sometimes 1/2 a months rent!). Fast forward to the company I work with today - there are no Christmas parties or lunches, there are few gifts and certainly no bonuses, and no matter how much we've helped a co-worker or how much money we've made for them - they do not provide any gift of appreciation. My direct boss does give me a small gift certificate to a restaurant, and one generous co-worker and I exchange gifts. I'm not sure what other companies do today, but times sure have changed. I will never forget how ungrateful we were and how we expected the parties, lunches and bonuses "back in the day". At my current job, there is no Christmas spirit and I am grateful for any gifts that I receive. I didn't realize how much the office Christmas tree or the 'secret santa' gift exchanges played a part in getting me into the holiday spirit; working from home, and being isolated makes it tougher for me to get in the holiday mood. What kinds of things happen at your office this time of year?
Now switching gears, I bring you an image of a little needle felted snowman and Christmas tree that I made -
I finally had a chance to do some crafting for myself, so I picked up my needle felting supplies - it felt good to do all that stabbing.
Have a very Merry Christmas - thank you for staying with me and reading and commenting on my posts, it's really nice. All the best to you and yours.