Remember? Wild Office Christmas Parties


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I used to be a prosecutor, while I was there the parties were somewhat tame, although one drunk prosecutor was convinced to prank call 911. However, the stories about the parties in the 90s were hilarious - definitely a much different time.

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Given the current climate I would guess they look more like 6th grade dances; boys on one side of the room girls on the other.  Both scared to death to approach the other. 

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What’s ironic, is that as society has become increasingly secularized, the moral standards have become more Puritanical and rigid.  

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I remember when you had pluck up the courage to chat up a lassie that had caught your eye. Most times (in my experience, at any rate) you’d crash and burn spectacularly. And you’d accept that, because gentlemen do. Despite the merciless ribbing from your mates.

But, just once in a while, luck would be on your side, and the pretty girl would smile back, accept a drink, flirt a little, and, if you were really lucky, give you the last dance of the night, and maybe a wee smooch under the mistletoe, to the complete consternation of all your mates.

I feel sorry for the younger generation missing out on these experiences all because someone, somewhere might take offence.

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No scandalous tales I can think of. When I started working back in the mid to late 80's I think this kinda stuff was already on the wane. The only memorable XMas party I can think of was when I worked at a furniture warehouse after I finished High School to make some University money.  We finished loading the last customer cars and locked up our front doors and minutes later bottles of hard liquor came out from everywhere. The office ladies laid out a huge spread of finger foods and we all ate and drank to around 5PM.  There were tales of illicit hookups up in the storage rafters, in the mattress sections out on the floor etc. The worst thing that probably happened were some people driving home a bit drunk. (FTR, no incidents arose from that, but still stupid). 

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I graduated from college in 2003, and have spent 15 working at various institutions. I can say unequivocally that I have never enjoyed a single "Winter Holiday" party. They have always been stiff, cold events where people who don't like each other very much tolerate some cheap food while looking for the first opportunity to escape. 

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I graduated from college in 2003, and have spent 15 working at various institutions. I can say unequivocally that I have never enjoyed a single "Winter Holiday" party. They have always been stiff, cold events where people who don't like each other very much tolerate some cheap food while looking for the first opportunity to escape. 
Company I work for has christmas parties still. The funniest thing is that its employees only, not aloud to bring spouses or significant others. Used to be hosted at a swanky hotel ballroom until too many issues arose about employees taking advantage of the "discounted rooms" so they wouldn't have to drive home drunk.

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At my organization (about 200 people, about 120 of them come to the event) new year corporate party is held every year. A scenario like this:

- invited presenter, DJ or musicians, magicians or artists

- the host alternates greetings, performances, disco, funny and stupid contests

- the Director and top managers in turn congratulate the team, make a toast and drink alcohol together

- be sure someone becomes the "star of the evening", because he could not stop the consumption of alcohol in time

- be sure someone gets injured on the way home because they are so drunk that they can not stand on their feet

- be sure young people get to know each other better, sometimes they get married

Russian corporate new year's holiday is as ruthless as the Russian revolution... especially if you don't know how to drink alcohol properly

The event was successful if it looks like this:

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Voiceover:

- yesterday was a corporate new year holiday?

- you behaved badly and now you feel ashamed in front of your colleagues?

- you should fire them all, you're the President of the company!

- to dismiss all of them?! can at least leave the Secretary?

- (after the episode with the girl in the red dress) no, and she will also have to be fired

 

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