Valdosta Daily Times


December 9, 2012

Secret Santa isn’t fun . . . It’s cruel


VALDOSTA — 3. If this column has touched your heart and you decide to nix secret Santa at your office this year, get creative!

You can do an ornament contest like my office, make your own Christmas cards or my favorite idea . . . Have a worst family Christmas photo contest.

Have all your employees go home and take heinous Christmas portraits with their families or their cats and then do a slideshow of them at your Christmas lunch. Make a silly prize for the worst photo! I can guarantee that your co-workers would enjoy that a lot more than a $10 flashlight.

4. It’s okay to party!

If you work in a small office or a small department, there’s no reason you can’t go to a restaurant and celebrate. That is also a great way to allow people to spend what they want to spend.

If they want to order just an appetizer and glass of wine or a full blown $60 bill with a five-course meal, that’s totally up to the individual.

This holiday season, don’t just be mindful of your own budget, but be aware of the budgets of those around you. We are in difficult financial times and while your co-worker may have a job, they may not have a lot of money. They could have a parent in the hospital they’re caring for, massive credit card debt, and more. There’s just no way of really knowing.

So be thrifty, be happy and stay on budget. It’s Christmas and let’s face it, if you’re reading this, you’re not a millionaire.

There’s no reason to go spend money you don’t have or force others to do the same.

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