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Celebrating the holidays, the right way

Celebrating the holidays, the right way    
The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for celebration, reflection and excitement for new possibilities in the coming year.
When planning your holiday celebrations it doesn’t have to be extravagant to be meaningful. In fact, at FOURMIDABLE, we have found that simple, old-fashioned events and ideas are best, especially those that are sincere and focus on the staff or employees.
While we may not be able to host holiday parties in our communities due to COVID and flu season, there are still plenty of ways to remind your teams, staff and residents that you care.
Recently, we were able to send holiday care packages to our Veterans as a way to give back this year. We also did little things like hosted an office holiday decorating contest as well as a holiday cookie exchange to get our team into the spirit of the season.
Here are some other ideas we’ve found that bring people together and celebrate:
If you have a small team, an intimate gathering can be a wonderful way to say thanks and celebrate together. If your party is onsite, you can set up festive decorations around your community or send warm greetings to residents with a holiday card – and since every great party needs food – potlucks can be a great way to get your team involved and try everyone’s favorite holiday recipes.
When a small gathering is not possible due to the size of your group, get creative. Find a space in your community that will allow for a celebration without feeling like you’re just standing around your desks or in a conference room. For food options with larger groups, it may be nice to surprise your team with something unique to the area you live in. In metro Detroit, for example, one of our passions is Detroit coney dogs. Find a way to bring them in or serve them fresh. Of course, it’s always fun to try something different – if people eat coney dogs all the time – why not try sushi or Middle Eastern food? Bringing in a food truck can also be a fun way to get people to relax and take a break from the traditional party trays or snacks.

Themed parties are always a huge hit around the holidays. Themes such as an ugly sweater party or wearing all red and green holiday outfits will add some extra festivity to your celebration. Deciding on decorations, games, raffles or gifts is really up to your budget, time constraints and the size of your team. No matter what, though, keep it simple, have fun and remember this is for your staff.
Ultimately, start your planning early, keep it simple and treat the staff in a special way that makes them feel important and shows them that you truly care.
Happy Holidays!