Yes, that dreaded season is approaching again. It’s time to plan another holiday party that doesn’t discriminate against anyone’s religion.
It never fails. You spend hours and hours planning a fun and festive holiday party for your office, trying your best to keep religion out of the mix. But sure as shooting, someone ends up offended. It was either too religious or not religious enough. Let’s face it, you just can’t please everybody.
The trick, of course, is to please most people enough that the one or two naysayers get drowned out. Of course, I’m not saying that you should bring any level of religion into the party. I’m just saying, make it as fun as possible, so even those who might be disappointed that it doesn’t meet their definition of a holiday party will still enjoy themselves.
Probably nothing gets backs up more than the issue of decorations. No matter what you put up, someone is going to try and point out that it is somehow religious and therefore offensive. You best tack is to be truly multicultural in your party decorations. Include a creche, a menorah, Kwanzaa symbols, a yule log, and any other religious symbol that an employee may desire, and make sure that no one symbol appears to have a place of prominence over other symbols.
CNN has a really good article about holiday decorations and the laws surrounding them. While it is primarily talking about decorations on government property, I think the principles discussed could be applied to any place of business. CNN – Holiday decorations, religion clauses and the Supreme Court.
The most important thing to remember for a successful holiday party is to make it FUN! It doesn’t matter if your party is a small pot luck or a swanky catered affair, as long as it’s fun, people will remember it.
I’ve attended many holiday parties over my career, and here are some of the ones I found most fun:
Come on and share your ideas for holiday parties that are fun, Fun, FUN! Leave a comment and helps all of us who have to plan an office party come up with a good idea.