What’s your company doing for a holiday party?

The holidays are right around the corner and that means company parties at swank digs.

Or does it? Is your employer hosting a posh affair or potluck this year?

The recession’s lingering grip makes this year an interesting guess.

So what is happening at your company?

In addition to commenting on this blog, AJC reporter Tammy Joyner is writing an article about this. She would like to hear from you, whether you’re an employee, company official or caterer.

You can reach her at 404 526-5870 or tjoyner@ajc.com. Thanks.

24 comments Add your comment

Lloyd Braun

November 6th, 2009
9:02 am

Don’t know. Got my pink slip last year at about this time.

Hope your Hanukkah doesn’t suck as bad as my kids is going to.

Mazel tov,

Just Saying

November 6th, 2009
7:53 pm

Company Party…………………..in this economy?


November 6th, 2009
8:26 pm

Company party??? What’s that? Never been to one. I work for AT&T (formerly BellSouth) and we have NEVER had one of those so-called “company parties) in my 28 years with the company…& yes, I am a mid-level manager :)

Mr Christmas

November 6th, 2009
8:34 pm

Thankfully I work for a boss who still has Christian values. WE HAVE A CHRISTMAS PARTY EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Not a HOLIDAY party, not a KWANZAA part, not a HANUKKAH party, but CHRISTMAS PARTY!!!! YOU FREAKING P.C. LIBS!!

Voice of Reason #1

November 6th, 2009
8:51 pm

AMEN, Mr. Christmas! All this “can’t mention ‘Christmas’” has GOT TO STOP! I wish everyone who does Christmas shopping would boycott any store that refuses to use the word “Christmas” in their ads, on thier shopping bags, etc. Also, it is a shame that Christians have allowed the secular sect to take over what is a religious holiday. I’d bet you won’t see this mess happening with Hanukkah or Ramadan.

Count Von Count

November 6th, 2009
9:38 pm

Christmas stopped being about Jesus a long time ago. It’s about commericalism now more than a religion. Unless your company’s “Christmas” party is about telling the story about the birthday of Christ, then, I’m sorry, it’s not a “Christmas Party”. Rather just an opportunity to get a couple of drinks in you, play grabass with the nubile blonde intern, and make a fool of yourself. And if that’s your idea of Christian values, you’re part of the problem.


November 6th, 2009
10:31 pm

LOL @ y’all “christmas is christian stuff”. No 1 knows when Jesus was born — Christmas was originally a pagan holiday to celebrate the winter solstice – when the sun gets as low in the sky as it will and the days start to get longer again. The Christians couldn’t get the pagans to stop celebrating their pagan holiday – so they just “changed it” Funny how it goes from celebrating the sun to celebrating the “Son God”. LOL @ y’all !!!

Ho ho ho

November 7th, 2009
9:32 am

LOL@christmas – Interesting story you made up.

Lloyd Braun

November 7th, 2009
10:03 am

Well, Mr. Christmas,
You can shove the whole Christmas season up your intolerant, insensitive loud-mouthed a$s.


November 7th, 2009
3:03 pm

Christ’s birth is the reason of Christmas. If some people are too timid
to celebrate Christmas as something else by covering it up with anything
else, it is so silly. While passing through Dubai international
airport in the month of December, I was surprised to see “Merry
Christmas” signs everywhere. In a Muslim country, they bodly celebrate
Christmas (the airport authorities could have easily prohibited it)
as Christmas, but in the U.S., we are getting too cautious about
that great day; not to offend the non-Christians. We have not yet
read the handwriting on the wall; the economic recession we face today.


November 8th, 2009
7:51 am

beware beware when a reporter is asking about parties, for upcoming story, you can bet her next story will be how …….company is spending too much money on employees and not on the poor


November 9th, 2009
5:46 pm


November 10th, 2009
7:02 am

Speaking of the word “HOLIDAY” instead of Christmas. Target has a sign at the front of their store in Gainesville this year that says “Merry Christmas”…. guess who is going to get my money this year.


November 10th, 2009
8:03 am

To answer the question, our company is doing a Thanksgiving meal for all the employees and a holiday meal for all of the employees. We stopped doing an actual “party” a few years ago because of cost-cutting measures, but most of us find the meals are nice enough….and we don’t have to worry about bringing our families to have some awkward interaction for a few hours. Besides, our seasons are busy enough without having to squeeze another “obligatory” function into them.

working girl

November 10th, 2009
8:10 am

We have stopped doing holiday parties at my company and instead have either Breakfast with Santa or Lunch with Santa where everyone with children bring them in to sit on Santa’s lap and have something to eat. It’s a bit more low key, but for the most part everyone seems to enjoy it, even those without children. It’s a great way for parents to get a visit with Santa w/o the long waits or big price tag and everyone gets at least an hour or so to relax and enjoy the company of their co-workers. Now, when I first started working for the company we did have a pretty large buffet and drinks party with a DJ. It was fun, but I’m fine with doing a much smaller thing this year based on how things are going in the world and for most around us.

We also do the Angel Tree Network which gives gifts to children who’s parents are incarcerated. We have a limit on gifts, but most of the time the caregivers as for practical items like clothing or a nice winter coat. That is more of what Christmas is to me, rather than gifts and just spending money. Things have gotten way out of hand and this is a great time for us to get back to the basics of the holiday and what is truly important during this time of year.

What For...

November 10th, 2009
8:19 am

I’m with my co-workers every week for 45-plus hours. Who the heck wants to spend an additional 5 hours on a Saturday night with these drunk people? I’d rather be with my family.

Jimmy Baron

November 10th, 2009
8:36 am

Any business who has a Christmas party and also let people go this year, should be ashamed and outed right here in this blog!


November 10th, 2009
9:10 am

As usual, we will have our Christmas party again this year. I so look forward to it each year. It gives us Christians a chance to get away from the Jews, Muslims and Jehovah’s Witnesses in our company and it provides a welcome respite from having to associate with them and to pretend that we like them and welcome them as team members. It would be wonderful if every day could be Christmas.


November 10th, 2009
9:11 am

Jimmy Baron – December 25 is Christmas Day, this is the day we have to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and anyone in this country can celebrate Christmas – right now we still live in a free country!! If you do not want to celebrate Christmas you do not have to! I will never be ashamed of Christmas and celebrating Christmas! I will go to a Christmas Party. I will have a Christmas Tree in my house and in my office. I have no idea who you are but I will not allow the likes of you to take away my Christmas Holiday!! If you have a problem with Christmas I suggest you leave this country. Oh by the way – I would never take away your “Holiday” Party or tell you you couldn’t have a “Holiday” tree or whatever you call it that is your right if you are an American Citizen in this Free Country!!


November 10th, 2009
9:22 am

There are a LOT of companies who are doing very well right now, and showing their appreciation to their employees by celebrating at the end of the year.

These are companies that were smart in their management, including trimming the lazy unproductive workers, investing properly, and treating their hard-working employees well!

Remember the tens of thousands of low-paid workers in the hospitality and entertainment industries – their jobs are affected when companies don’t celebrate, too!


November 10th, 2009
9:48 am

Well, I am certainly in the minority here, but our company is having a Christmas Party. We are having it at one of the hotels. I always knew I was blessed to have a job, but after reading some of the comments, I now know I am truly blessed because I work for a company I actually like. Go figure.

We did scale back this year in that only employees will be eligible for the prizes and/or give-a-ways. But, I am grateful to have a job so I appreciate my boss’ efforts.

Jimmy Baron

November 10th, 2009
9:58 am

Bailey–go ahead, spend your azz off, it will be good for the economy. You probably work for one of the compainies that took TARP money. AIG? Citi? which one big guy?


November 11th, 2009
8:54 am

Would you rather have a party or receive a holiday bonus?


November 15th, 2009
11:02 am

serenity now lloyd