Sunday, December 09, 2012

The Season is coming

My advent calendar arrived from Germany. I bought a more fun one for Little Jo and posted it to her. They only cost a few euro each, but I am too embarrassed to tell R how much I paid for shipping and handling. I am not doing it again.

The tree in the foyer always goes up in early December. It seems to have a new set of LED lights this year.It looks department store tasteful as ever.

I like our tree to go up two weeks before christmas and be gone by the new year, but Little Jo visited last weekend and wanted to put the tree up, so R obliged her.

At work yesterday, twelve times I said, sorry, got something on. It was the work christmas bash, lots of wonderful exotic food, drinks and a band. I had nothing on but I did not want to go. I had promised to bring home hamburgers for our dinner from the fish and chip shop. With a couple of drinks and good tv, well...it is my preference. The work party will be full of foreign types, who know I love them dearly, but just can't do the work of parties anymore. 

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  1. When i was still working i used to attend Christmas parties but got sick and tired of the drunken violent behaviour and the more than usual back stabbing.

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    1. It doesn't happen at our workplaces events Windsmoke, which is one reason I don't go. Everyone is so boring now. I recall one year when 1/3 of the work force called in sick or injured the next day.

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  2. Office Christmas parties can be ruthless. People drink, think about their resentments from work, and then get mean about each other.

    I love the glittery tree. Good for Little Jo.
    I actually remember your advent calendars from last year Andrew. :)

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    1. Rubye, I can appreciate that. All those stored up grudges coming out.

      Last year's was a much nicer calendar. They seem so hard to get in Australia.

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  3. Beautiful calendar and very German. I know what you need about the postage though- just bought a book on Amazon and the postage costs as mush as the book...
    I just avoided our work do last night as well. Mainly because they chose an expensive venue and I only get paid for some of the hols so need to economise. Hopefully it went well for the ones who went.

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    1. KN, as is said below, I am sure you don't have to pay that sort of postage now for books and cds.

      I understand about the expensive place, if work is not paying, but I think it should pay, up to a point. Otherwise some sort of social club contribution over the year, which is what funds ours. But expecting people to stump up for an expensive place is divisive.

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  4. I never had a bad experience at work parties. We even hosted them at our house for a few years. Luckily there was never any bad behaviour. Love your trees. I must dig out the decorations soon.

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    1. Diane, the best one I remember was where one of the staff played a piano. Must be thirty years ago now. Everyone became merry, but not too silly.

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  5. Work parties are hard work, aren't they?

    The problems are partially my fault: I don't drink beer, I din't eat meat, I don't do stand-up cocktails elegantly and I don't celebrate Christmas.

    And partially other peoples' fault. They just want to close up their offices and be on holidays, not partying with people thet would never socialise with in their own homes.

    So why do we do it? A sit down lunch for all the staff, paid for by the management, would be much nicer.


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    1. Hels, R attended his new work place party last week and the staff were paid to attend. It turned out very nice for the office staff, but not for the hands on workers. I too no longer drink beer and it doesn't take wine to get merry. As boring as our work place parties now are, the exotic food is fantastic.

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  6. Our work Xmas party was dead boring. Your tree looks lovely, mine's a right hotch potch!

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    1. Well, Fen. I can't claim the credit for the tree. R is the one with the artistic eye.

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  7. So your workmates don't read your blog then?!?! Why isn't it more widely known how much hard work Christmas cheer actually is?!?!

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    1. Red, our friend in Japan reads my blog and she is the only person I know who does. It gives one a certain freedom when writing.

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  8. Colin4:34 pm

    Christmas parties - except if you are on a tall Danish wooden, sailing ship on Sydney Harbour, are a BORE!
    They are the best back stabbing affairs of all time - just stay sober with ears wide open.
    Then after being bored 'shitless' and finding out interesting information, go with a true few friends to another venue.
    Further the food is generally atrocious, so if the grog intake doesn't get you, then the food will.
    I learnt this early in my working career. If you want to know what your "so called friends" think, get them drunk! You stay sober. Then avoid these "so called friends" as if they have the plague!
    In the hotel game, we opened up on Christmas day for our genuine patrons, you would be surprised how many of the "uninvited" turned up. Our cook, staff and mother worked their butts off in the food department. After Mass, at 10.00am the Backdoors were open, the front doors had, by law then remained closed.
    The policeman in charge would come, by law, this was a no no. Silly law for the police, no one policed the police, after all they also deserve some Christmas cheer.
    At 1.30pm, Mother would say - "That's all folks" - lingering was frowned upon. Then we, the family, would have our private Christmas party. When my mother spoke, small in stature with eyes of steel, they left!
    Then a repetition of all this on New Years Day, again hotels were closed. Now of course things have changed, I believe for the better.

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    1. A nice piece of history Colin. Wherever this was, did you have 'bona fide traveller' laws? Christmas in PNG must have been interesting.

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  9. Your Advent Calendar and red and white tree are really lovely. The foyer tree looks like it was transported fully decorated from a department store.
    I took photos of my tree, then realised photos of all my kids were visible behind it, so I'll have to take them again.
    I don't do work Christmas parties either. The factory lunches where the bosses served and we sat out in the carpark and ate were so much better.

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    1. Thanks River. Yes, the tree does look so department store, but it is hand decorated by the Body Corp Committee.

      Your place would be like mine, where a good percentage of the work force is working when the work party happens.

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  10. Totally beside the point but if you are buying books you should buy from www.bookdepository.co.uk. The postage and handling is free, for now. Since Amazon bought it.

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  11. That is what I thought MC. Paying for book postage etc is old hat.

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  12. Why don't you buy your advent calendar from home Andrew, they appear in the shops here in Perth end November, there's no way the chocolate in mine has even the slightest chance of lasting till Christmas...end of the day perhaps haha! Totally agree about the tree thing, mine went up yesterday and will be down a week after..must admit it does look good though, as does yours..well done R.

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    1. Grace, I looked everywhere last year and I could not find one. Maybe I was too early. I really wanted Little Jo to 'do' a calendar without the reward of chocolate. Your tree timing is good.

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