Ten people are on plane flights or about to board flights to Melbourne for our Christmas party tonight. All up we have just over ninety converging on the venue we have booked. Cocktails start at 5:30pm followed by a dinner.
As with other years, the only formal part of the evening will be our Kris Kringle event. Devised by Gary Hall around ten years ago, this involves people choosing a gift from the table, unwrapping it publicly and then risking having the next recipient taking that gift over a wrapped gift at the table. It’s a bunch of fun.
The challenge for the office Christmas party is to ensure that people who do not know each other – from interstate and partners – have a good time.
Our evening will end around 11pm and those so inclined will kick on. It’s been a busy year and I don;t begrudge anyone an opportunity to relax and socialise with colleagues.
Tomorrow, it’s back to work.