“Let’s be naughty
and save Santa the trip.”
- Gary Caldwell
So, I’m a bit of a freak about Christmas.Â It’s true.Â I can’t walk into Home Depot without erupting in giddy laughter because of the lights.Â I can’t sit at my desk and without humming “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”.Â I can’t walk the dogs without ooohing and aaaaahing over our neighbors’ efforts to display lights.Â I LOVE CHRISTMAS.
Since someone in my group was leaving, and it’s Christmas anyway, I asked everyone to bring in some goodies.Â I set up an empty cubicle with some plates, cups, and napkins.Â And although it was like pulling teeth, everyone brought something in.Â Some managers even brought two things.
The atmosphere here today is so happy.Â People are talking to eachother.Â About life, not about work.Â People are hanging around the food and learning things about their coworkers that they’ve sat beside for years, but had no clue there was an actual person in there.Â There has been constant laughter in this office, where there is usually grumbling and panic.Â And there has been smiles.
It just goes to show why I love two things: food and Christmas.Â I love them both because they are magical and transforming.Â They allow people to break down a bit.Â You swap recipes (don’t worry, Bryan, I did not), you chat about childhood memories, you sing.Â This is not the same office it was yesterday.
And perhaps, the most telling of the day: the boss who everyone has a problem with, the one who is hard to like, smiled today.Â He laughed.Â I called him a Grinch, and he smiled.Â He ate some fudge.Â And as he stopped by again for his third-or-so-helping, he said, “Sarah, you’re a keeper.”
It’s so easy to improve the quality of eachother’s lives.Â It takes so little effort.Â And it’s so worth it.