What is a Christmas Party?

ChristmasDo not focus your energy solely on the buffet, thinking food is what draws workers to the Christmas parties, the attendance will drop off because those parties are predictable.

The most deadly type of holiday party is a sit-down dinner at the boss’s house, which often has a pressure-filled conservative atmosphere. Try having a different entertainment each year. Holiday party hosts can play a major role in keeping their friends and families safe by looking at alternatives to alcoholic beverages. There are a few common sense rules that should be followed when hosting a holiday party. If alcohol is going to be served at a party, this Safe Holiday Party Guide will give you a few pointers when planning an event.

But the energy of the party starts with the invitations…. or Christmas Greeting cards… one of our customers had a great idea to take a picture of all employees in Santa hats, personalized with employees names and use the postcard as a corporate Christmas card as well as Christmas party invitation for their customers. The Hats were then saved for the holiday party gala.

This holiday party activity guide has many Christmas party games to spruce up the event.

And don’t forget to wrap the party up with a take-home gift, such as a stocking with a gift certificate, a turkey or an ornament with the company logo on it.

Finally, gather as many pictures from the party as possible, post them on the company bulletin board or a corporate website so the employees can share the experience with their families, customers or anyone who missed the party.

Christmas PARTYYou can have a designated receptionist announce the names of each new arrival, crown them with a Santa hat with their name, while reading something humorous about them.

This works great especially at large Corporate parties when customers or large number of employees participate and not everyone knows each other. First names on Santa Hats work much better than name badges and the hats then double as party favors everyone gladly takes home.

You can also imprint Christmas Stockings with your company logo, decorate the Christmas Party Room with the stockings, even give the stockings with Christmas Bonuses or Gift Certificates to your employees.

Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. Christmas festivities often combine the commemoration of Jesus’ birth with various customs, many of which have been influenced by earlier winter festivals. Traditions include the display of Nativity scenes, Holly and Christmas trees, the exchange of gifts and cards, and the arrival of Father Christmas (Santa Claus) on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. Popular Christmas themes include the promotion of goodwill, compassion and peace.

In most places around the world, Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25. It is preceded by Christmas Eve on December 24, and in some countries is followed by Boxing Day on December 26. The Armenian Apostolic Church observes Christmas on January 6, while certain old rite or old style Eastern Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas on January 7, the date on the Gregorian calendar which corresponds to 25 December on the Julian Calendar. The date as a birthdate for Jesus is merely traditional, and is not widely considered to be his actual date of birth.

Step One
Plan your party. Decide whether you want a big bash with a bartender, catered food and a DJ, or if you’d rather have a more casual evening with friends – or something in between. Consult several party books and decide on a budget before making up your mind.

Step Two
Get your party on the calendar. It’s often best to schedule a Christmas party several weeks before Christmas – before calendars are filled with other activities, shopping and baking.

Step Three
Make a guest list. Ask as many people as you can accommodate to a sit-down dinner, or as many people as your house will hold for a cordial get-together with finger foods and drinks.

Step Four
Decide on a menu. If you are having the meal catered, consult with the caterer and choose a menu, or plan your own.

Step Five
Send invitations. Invitations should go out as early in December as possible so that your guests can schedule the party and RSVP. Be sure to include times, let guests know if a meal will be served, and mention appropriate dress.

Step Six
Decorate. Your decor should include the traditional Christmas tree, plus lots of candles, centerpieces (if appropriate) and other holiday decorations.

Step Seven
Buy the food, beverages, paper goods and flowers you will need for the party.

Step Eight
Make hors d’oeuvres, arrange the flowers, cook the food and chill the wine as appropriate, and set the tables or arrange the serving table.

Step Nine
Just before guests arrive, light the candles, turn on some soft Christmas music, set out the hors d’oeuvres, and bring out the punch or open the bar.

Step Ten
Have fun!

Christmas (literally, the Mass of Christ) is a holiday in the Christian calendar, usually observed on December 25, which celebrates the birth of Jesus. According to the Christian gospels, Jesus was born to Mary in Bethlehem, where she and her husband Joseph had traveled to register in the Roman census. Christ’s birth, or nativity, was said by his followers to fulfill the prophecies of Judaism that a messiah would come, from the house of David, to redeem the world from original sin. Early Christians celebrated more the subsequent Epiphany, when the baby Jesus was visited by the Magi. Efforts to assign a date for his birth began some centuries later. The precise chronology of Jesus’ birth and death as well as the historicity of Jesus are still debated.

In predominantly Christian countries, Christmas has become the most economically significant holiday of the year, and it is also celebrated as a secular holiday in many countries with small Christian populations. It is largely characterized by exchanging gifts within families, and by gifts brought by Santa Claus or other mythical figures. Local and regional Christmas traditions are still rich and varied, despite the widespread influence of American and British Christmas motifs through literature, television, and other media.

“Christmas” is a contraction of “Christ’s Mass”, derived from the Old English Cristes mæsse. It is often abbreviated Xmas, possibly because the letter X or Xt resembles the Greek letter X (Chi), which is the first letter of “Christ” as spelled in Greek.

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2 responses to “What is a Christmas Party?”

  1. Emily says:

    I’m thinking about planning a huge corporate Xmas party, and I was given this advice:
    Many feel the cost of hiring a Corporate Party Planner will cause them to exceed their budget. On the contrary, hiring a Professional Event Planner will not only keep you within budget but will also save you money. There are many variations as to how an Event Planner will charge for his/her services. Some will charge a flat fee, some will charge an hourly fee, while others will charge a percentage fee. No matter how a Planner determines his/her fees, the end result is “savings”. A Professional Event Planner has a large network. Negotiating rates and contracts is a key part of our business. Many times, a Professional Event Planner can negotiate a much lower rate for a Client simply because of who he/she is. Knowing the market and knowing the vendors saves you time and saves you money. For example, you may contact a venue that charges a rental fee of $3000 for their facility. The Event Planner may have a wonderful reputation with this venue and has brought much business to this facility, therefore, the negotiated rate that the Event Planner can obtain is $2000. If the Event Planner charges a fee of 20% for the coordination service, this is a cost to you of only $400. For this one aspect of planning this one event, you already saved $600 by using the Event Planner vs. going directly through the venue on your own. The same scenarios will hold true for hiring entertainment, caterers, florists, etc. Knowing who you are doing business with and what they can do for you is the beginning of a successful event. The goal of an Event Planner is to not only save you time and hassle, but also to save you money.

    ….agree or disagree??

  2. hi nice site some great post interesting read with very useful information will visit again

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