Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Tis' the time of the year!

Come December and everyone, everything gets into the festive spirit here.

I think, most work places have some fun events organised during this time. At my husband's office, they play 'Secret Santa' and 'Yankee Swap' every year. Somehow adults playing games like kids seemed odd to me in the beginning. But then, the enthusiasm and excitement that these people show to participate in these just amazed me.

For Secret Santa, among the participants, for every person another person is (secretly) chosen as his/her Santa and the week following Christmas, the Santas should surprise their 'kids'. Some artistic Santas would decorate the cubicles with lights, flowers, Christmas trees, wreaths etc. Some would just leave some candies/chocolates every day(like my hubby, gulping some in the process!)! Once, a Santa had gift wrapped every item(even the trash can!) in his "kid's" cubicle!!! During the Christmas party, every person's Santa is revealed and exchanges gifts.

Yankee Swap is even more fun with the gift that we want being grabbed by person after person! The person who picks #1 is the luckiest and #2 the unluckiest! We always used to end up with funny gifts. One year, a person had kept fake lottery (scratch) tickets as gift and the person who got it thought she won, started crying with joy and ended crying minus the joy!!

8 comments:

Raju said...

Cool.. we had Yankee swap in our group's X'mas party as well.. Last year I got one of those cone-shaped decorative lamps and this year a 'Smores' set from Nestle..

NaiKutti said...

one of those team building events aah :-)... just kidding...

i want to play the kid role in secret santa now :-)

Bala (Karthik) said...

"One year, a person had kept fake lottery (scratch) tickets as gift and the person who got it thought she won, started crying with joy and ended crying minus the joy!!"
Toooooo much!! LOL :-)

Balaji said...

yeah they had the secret santa at our workplace too. it was voluntary and i didn't take part. but havent heard of 'yankee swap' b4 :)

Me too said...

Raju, your gifts are 'parva ille'!

Karthik, "Give the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you"

Bala(Karthik), I forgot to add that all this was caught on tape!

Balaji, West-nna 'yankee' kedayadhu polarukku!

:: The Protector :: said...

i heard in my firends office they did this last year.....

these kinds of things will help them to know better about their workfellows.... and also foster a freindly work culture

Cheers!
:)

tt_giant said...

hey!. we had secret santa too!. but unlike your case, we do not mention who we give gifts to. but somehow everyone finds out!

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