Is it just me, or does anyone else get anxious about staff Christmas parties?
This time last year I was introduced to an unusual party concept. We would draw names from a hat and then buy children’s gifts with that person in mind. These toys get donated to a charity that gives presents to needy families.
The week before last year’s party, Mr. A. kept saying he couldn’t remember whose name he pulled. I was appalled. At the exchange I waited anxiously for his excuse, as it was sure to be memorable.
When it was his turn to hand out his gift he said, “When they hired me here they asked me what my greatest strength was and my greatest weakness. I said that while I appreciated organization, I’m not very organized. Then they hired Mrs. C. [yours truly] to make up for me. I’ve been telling her all week I couldn’t remember whose name I pulled.” Of course he had pulled my name. I blushed with relief, they laughed. Because he couldn’t imagine coloring outside of the lines, he had purchased a paint-by-numbers kit.
As the newbie I was uncomfortable with the concept at first. I didn’t really know the person whose name I drew (I still don’t, so I gladly traded when I pulled his name for the second time in a row), and I wasn’t sure how people viewed me at the time. This year is going to be fun.