The holiday season is a great time to share some smiles and laughs! And holiday humor helps you develop a well-tuned humor radar.
It’s that time of year where many companies are executing plans for their holiday parties and festivities. Some have them before the new year, some plan for after. Maybe your party already passed and you’re looking for some tips for next year. Many parties truly hit the mark and are loads of fun. Others will be total duds and might even turn employees away from the company. If you really want to blow your employees away, take a second to really think about how you want to do that. We’ve taken a look beyond the holiday party in order to pay it forward and truly express our gratitude toward our business associates. Here are ten simple ideas to bring some fun and joy to your holidays.
- Have a humorous gift exchange at your holiday party. This works great if you have a healthy humor climate where people use humor in a positive way.
- Just before the holidays, encourage people to bring some of their favorite ethnic holiday treats to work or one of your group meetings. Coming from a Norwegian background, I’d bring rosettes, fatigmand and lefse.
- Decorate a tree for the holidays with a humorous flair. For example, a car dealership could decorate a tree using car parts. If you travel a lot, collect fun trinkets from your trips to brighten your tree.
- Save the holiday cards you receive this year and “recycle” them next year. Just cross out the sender’s signature, sign your name, and mail it back to the person who gave it to you. You’ll start a humorous tradition. I do not recommend sharing this humorous exchange with everyone you get a card from. Be selective!
- Look for opportunities to take a funny photo of yourself, your staff, or your family. Then use it on a photo holiday greeting card. I’ve sent a photo card sharing my Halloween costume as a power-nerd.
- Create your own customized gift wrap. For example, on a large-sheet photo copier you could make personalized wrapping paper decorated with family photos or pictures from your office.
- Wrap a holiday gift in a “nest of boxes” (a small box in a larger box, in a larger box, etc). When the large box is opened by the recipient, the box inside is addressed to someone else. And the next box is addressed to someone else! The final box indicates who really receives the gift; a “musical chairs” style of gift exchange. A nice touch is to give a gift in the final box that can be enjoyed by the whole group. For example, in a family situation, the final box may have Mom’s name on it, but contain a trip to Disneyland for the whole family. This is fun because everyone shared in opening the gift.
- Make extra effort to guarantee that your holiday party is FUN. People won’t remember a chicken dinner a year from now. But they’ll always remember when they’ve had a great time and spent the evening laughing together. Your investment in making sure the event is entertaining gives you great returns in goodwill and valuable experience in the planning process.
- Assign a committee to prepare some holiday fun. Write a script filled with humor about your company and people you work with. Write a song parody of one of your favorite holiday tunes which is a tribute to your staff. Present it at a holiday party, or post it on a bulletin board in your office.
- REMEMBER THE TRUE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS. Tis the season to be jolly! Decorate your face with a smile and share it with others.