November 24, 2006.
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, every where I go…..”
Yep, I am that crazy lady you see driving around the neighborhood with a Santa hat waving at you, looking like I had too much egg nog--that is me today. I am decorating the office (that being said, please know I take the hat off and ONLY have it on while decorating, with my kids – it makes them laugh)
I have never had an office to decorate, so this is exciting. I am going to have Christmas Carols on and a tree and lights and ooh some apple cider! I hope this keeps the stress level down when we are all tripping over tiles…..oh the poor warehouse is so packed.
Speaking of office space, this time of the year also makes me think of our overhead – last year we had our second annual JPD Christmas Party. We had it at a restaurant with all of our contract employees and their spouses (15 people – thank god they were not all married). Oh and I bough them all gifts – amazing necklaces with charms that said sayings like ‘Hope’ or ‘Believe’ or ‘Fate’. Ya….cost some money, but I loved it.
So, back to 2006, we will probably have a um lunch, catered maybe? Or not…..we are defiantly on a strict budget now (as we should be). And I will be making them crafty gifts this year (okay I am totally kidding! I am not a crafty person any longer, I do not have the time). Not sure yet what we will do, I will wait till the Christmas Rush ends.
I do feel though it is important to do all that you can (or all that you can afford) to make the stressful time of the year pleasant for the people that work with you. It is my job to fix things, or help with things or just listen. I was talking to a friend a few weeks ago, her daughters’ school was having trouble with a teacher and the principal was not being completely open about the situation in her opinion. She thought they were not being honest, but it was okay. I said no, not okay. I get it. If something happens at work , or to an order or to someone who works here it’s ME, I am in charge (similar to the principal) and I have to own it and acknowledge it. I may choose not to divulge the ugly truth to a customer, but I do need to own the problem.
So back to owning the decorating of the office….my kids could not be happier.