4 Clichéd Holiday Office Party Themes It’s Time to Retire

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It’s that time of the year again -– time to deck the halls, get the chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and let it snow for the company holiday party. And while there are certain parts of the office party everyone looks forward to, there are also those that are much less anticipated and need to be retired ASAP.

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The “Naughty or Nice” Party

The adult nod to Santa’s infamous list, this one spells a disaster for any working environment, no matter how many restrictions you preface the event with. (Bottom line -– if you have to start off any holiday party for the office with a disclaimer on what can and can’t happen, you probably should switch to a different party theme instead.)

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The 12 Days of Christmas Parodies

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“12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords-a-leaping, 9 ladies dancing, 8 maids-a-milking, 7 swans-a-swimming, 6 geese-a-laying, 5 golden rings, 4 calling birds, 3 French hens, 2 turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.”

I got tired just typing that out, so you can imagine how much more tedious it can be to act out with all of the employees in tow, even if you gave it your brand’s own spin on the original.

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"Strategic” Mistletoe Placements

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Single female intern working in a mostly male setting and suddenly noticing on the day of the holiday party that there seems to be an abundance of mistletoe décor up all over the place? Oh, that’s not obvious at all. Don’t use the office holiday party as an excuse to attempt to make out with a coworker crush you have –- stay professional regardless of whether you’re on the clock or not.

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Forcing People to Dress Up Like Santa Claus.

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Having a Santa on hand in a room full of adults all night long isn’t really necessary, right? Right. Encourage your staff to dress up, though, and look festive for the evening.

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