How to celebrate Christmas in the office
Move over office grinches, once December rolls around it’s finally the appropriate time to deck the halls and get festive. After a long year of hard graft, reward your employees with some extra cheer to get them through the remaining weeks before Christmas. Whether you set up your very own Santa’s grotto, or you get involved with a secret Santa, your staff will love the Christmas festivities. However, it is important to be sensitive to all religions within the office, as not everyone will celebrate Christmas. When coming up with Christmas office ideas, be mindful of all of your staff and how comfortable they are with the activities taking place.
How to decorate your workspace for Christmas
Christmas is the time to go all out with baubles and tinsel, and to encourage everyone to get involved with a spot of office decoration. So, grab your bunting, put on your favourite jolly playlist, and get started on your big winter workspace transformation today. We’ve put together a few of our favourite Christmas office decorations that can be achieved on any sort of budget.
How to decorate your desk at work for Christmas
Have you ever seen a gingerbread house office desk before? We bet you haven’t, so why not jump on the bandwagon and make Christmas-themed workspaces the norm during the festive season? Recreate some of your favourite holiday scenes and get creative with your office decoration, perhaps using some artificial snow to craft your very own igloo. If your employees are feeling really ambitious, you could even host a competition to crown the winner of the most festive desk or office breakout space.
If a gingerbread house office desk is a bit too much for your office, hanging tinsel or bunting over your desk will do the trick. Employees may even want to bring in things from home to use as an office desk Christmas decoration. Get your staff into the holiday spirit with desk decorations!
Festive banners and bunting
And the crafty ideas aren’t going to stop there. Relive primary school days and cut out bunting using your own designs; whether this be angels or snowflakes, the choice is yours. Hang up Christmas banners to complete your winter wonderland, cascading stars and candy canes from your office ceiling for an extra sprinkle of magic.
Office Christmas trees
Is it really Christmas without a Christmas tree? The answer, of course, is a resounding no. It’s perfect for getting the office together for a tree decorating session, and you won’t need to worry about disposing of the tree afterwards either! In a world where it’s now possible to rent a Christmas tree, simply organise a collection and arrange to have it replanted – ready for future festivities. This eco-friendly decorative method allows you and your employees to get your crafting hats out again too, using any bits ‘n bobs you have lying around the office to make your own hanging decorations. Mini Christmas trees could also be added to desks, or other parts of the office, for that extra essence of holiday spirit.
Fairy lights in the office
Set the right ambiance and give your workers a festive yet calming atmosphere to finish the remainder of their work in. Use glowing fairy lights and flickering artificial candles to set the tone. Don’t forget to wrap Christmas lights around your tree to complete the decorative process, or entwine with presents underneath to give them the perfect glowing backdrop.
Secret Santa in the office
Setting up a secret Santa amongst your employees can be a fun, team-building activity. Not to mention it’ll get them in the mood for Christmas. To get started, write down the names of all of your staff on separate pieces of paper, fold them up, and put them in a bowl or a hat – whatever you have to hand. Get each employee to pick a name out, who will be their person for the gift giving activity. If some employees don’t want to take part, as not everyone will, simply remove their names from the bowl. It is also important to set a spending limit – this way everyone knows what price range they should be aiming for. Set up a date for the gifts to be exchanged, and you’ve got yourself an office secret Santa!
DIY Christmas stockings
To craft DIY Christmas stockings for your members of staff, simply start with old coffee bags, or any other sacks you no longer need. Not only is this a more sustainable option, they will bring a cosy, rustic feel to your workspace. For additional embellishment, add glitter, ribbon, patterned paper or artificial snow, making sure to make individual name badges so everyone will know which one is theirs. Now you have an ideal place to hide your Secret Santa gift!
Christmas post box
Have you written all of your Christmas cards yet? For any staff members that are looking to spread festive cheer, give them the opportunity to play Santa and post their letters in style. To make your own DIY Santa mailbox, all you’ll need is glue, paint, and two empty cereal boxes – yes, cereal boxes! Giving a new purpose to your old kitchen waste, these boxes are both easy to cut, and provide a cost-effective way to get your office looking cheerful. Paint and decorate in any way you see fit, place in your office, and watch as smiles start to appear on people’s faces.
Build your own DIY Santa’s grotto
Now, this requires a bit more effort than draping tinsel across your desk, but we promise it’ll be worth it. Using old cardboard boxes to construct the ‘house’ part of the grotto, along with fake snow spray and some tinsel, you can have your very own DIY Santa’s grotto. You might even want to cover the cardboard in festive wrapping paper for some extra pizazz. Otherwise, there are blow up Santa’s grottos on the market that can be bought or hired for the festive period, too.
Work Christmas party ideas
Holding an annual Christmas party is a great way to instil some cheer into your employees. You may want to hold this in the office, or to hire out a venue for the occasion, just make sure it is Christmas themed. Why not get them involved in some office Christmas party games, too? This could be pass the parcel, or a scavenger hunt – essentially any way to bring out their inner child. Pair this with a drink of their choice and it is sure to be a fun night!
We don’t just give our advice on getting your workspace looking festive either. If you feel as though your office is lacking and you’d like to create the perfect aesthetic for your employees, have a chat with one of our office refurbishment professionals and give us a call today.