Christmas lunch venues that will have you running for the office door when the clock strikes 12pm.
You may be daunted by the task of organising the work or family Christmas lunch but there are so many fantastic options out there, are only advise is to get in there early enough to avoid disappointment of the venue being booked up. Some of you may be dreaming of the three course Christmas Lunch dream. Smoked salmon, followed by the full turkey works finally all washed down with a melange of mince pies, Christmas pudding and brandy butter! Others may be thinking please don’t show me another pig in it’s blanket, that’s fine! Go for the ever so Christmassy fish pie followed by crème brulee. The options are endless!
The do's and don'ts of your work Christmas lunch
My understanding, having attended several of these Christmas lunches, is that the group opinion splits. The ‘youngens’ (both mentally and physically!) spend the morning clock watching waiting to spring out the door as soon as they reach acceptable drinking hour which tends to be 12pm during the Christmas period where as the more mature (mentally!) amble over, arrive late, giving off the impression that they would rather be back in the office stuck in spreadsheets but we all know they’ve got the Christmas buzz and are looking forward to pulling their first cracker… you full no one! Anyhow, here are a few do’s and don’ts for both the mature and…. less mature!
Seating – It goes through EVERYONE’s head in the run up to the event, please don’t let me be sat next to x,y,z; I just want to sit with my best friend in the office who I sit next to every day. We know the drill. At the end of the day if there is ever a time to sit next to your boss and converse with him/her on more of a personal level, the Christmas lunch is it. Everyone is more relaxed, everyone is winding down for the Christmas break, everyone has had at least one drink and everyone is up for a good time! With that, I would say DO mix up the seating plan. Your colleagues may give you a glare when they discover their not next to their mate, but any hard feelings will be lost very quickly. Mixing up is a really good way for the company to bond and strengthen.
Drink – This is pretty self-explanatory. Simply put, DO drink, DON’T drink too much… you really don’t want to start oversharing with the table on topics that should fundamentally be kept out of work. You may think the topic is a good idea to introduce, but in the cold, sober, light of day you’ll regret it. Bite your tongue and keep it PG.
Food – Christmas is a time for excess, especially the Christmas lunch, we all accept that and look forward to it all year round. There is no need to nurse the bikini bod anymore (apart from you lucky few who heading off to chase the winter sun), it’s time for a little indulgence. That said, pace yourself DON’T overdo it early on so that by the time the mince pies circulate you turn green or have fallen into a food induced comer. The likelihood is that you will all move on to location number two after the Christmas lunch, this could be the local pub round the corner, or on to some fun bowling or ping pong related activity. In order to continue on with the fun you need to be able to move…
Secret Santa – This may not apply to all, but most of the time Secret Santa will be worked into the Christmas lunch activities. We all love it and get the same thrill when we open our gift and find out we have become the owner of yet another set of Bananagrams tiles. My overall advise to you all is when you are buying your SS gift make sure you cater to the masses. I am not sure how much your 70y.o. boss will appreciate a joke book on karma sutra. Then again, I could be wrong…