Top 10 Office Traditions For The Holiday Season

Some of the best things about the holiday season are the Christmas traditions that come along with it. Make the season more memorable in the office by creating a warm, fun atmosphere to help everyone enjoy the holidays. We have included our team's favorite fun Christmas things to do at work, office holiday traditions and events to bring extra joy to your workplace this Christmas.

10. Holiday Cards Are a Fun Christmas Activity to Do at Work

Not every holiday tradition needs to be extravagant. We love connecting with clients by sending a simple handwritten holiday card. Not only is it fun for our team to reminisce about the amazing projects and progress we’ve made throughout the year, it’s a great opportunity to let our clients know we are thankful for them and wish them a happy holiday season!

9. Christmas Gifts from Management is a Common Holiday Tradition

From a new coffee mug to the latest smart watch, every gift is appreciated — big or small. Here at Blue Compass, our leadership team is known to express how much they care by incorporating gift giving into a game. Our team likes to review our history and the previous year with a game of Jeopardy full of fun facts about our company. Whether you guess the answer correctly or not, you’re rewarded with a gift from the leadership team.

8. Team Outings Or Fun Office Activities Spread Holiday Cheer

Nothing says Christmas fun like a team outing. Whether you plan something in advance or decide to be spontaneous, invite your colleagues for lunch at a new trendy restaurant or a local office favorite.

The holiday season is a perfect time to plan an afternoon of fun Christmas team building activities like puzzles in the cafeteria, a hot chocolate bar with seasonal toppings and movie days. Our team has also played office games like What Do You Meme, Charades, Pictionary, Heads Up and more. This creative way of acknowledging our team efforts builds camaraderie and spreads office holiday cheer — all at the same time.

7. Reminisce On The Year With Fun Christmas Team Building Activities

A favorite tradition in our office is the “Year in Review” video our President and co-founder, Drew Harden, puts together. Give your office video guru a chance to shine by offering them the opportunity to gather your company’s favorite pictures, quotes and video clips into a short film. Fellow team members will be excited to reflect on the year and enjoy a few laughs along the way.

6. Ugly Sweater Contest is a Fun Christmas Tradition to Start

The ugly sweater contest is a popular and timeless Christmas tradition that gives everyone a chance to pull out their favorite hideous homemade sweater. This festive and fun Christmas tradition will inspire out-of-the-box creativity, and it’s an excuse for a casual dress day! Collect votes for a chance to win a unique prize, and even the most introverted team members will want to participate in this fun seasonal office activity.

null 5. Toy Drives Are a Classic Holiday Tradition to Start

Spread your company’s holiday cheer by participating in a toy drive for children and families in your community. Even small donations will go a long way for those in need this time of year. Holiday traditions like toy drives are a great way to give back to your community while coming together as a team for a good cause.

4. Secret Santa Exchanges Are Fun to Do at Work

Collect all of your team members’ names in a hat and ask everyone to pull one name for a secret santa gift exchange. This is a fun Christmas team building activity to start, and everyone will enjoy giving gifts and guessing who their secret santa is. If you decide to start a secret santa gift exchange at your office, be sure to set a reasonable price limit for gifts.

null 3. White Elephant & Office Games Are Fun Christmas Team Building Activities

If you’re looking for fun Christmas things to do at work, the white elephant gift exchange never fails to entertain the office. Whether it’s a goofy gift or something you know everyone will love, this tradition is one of the best Christmas team building activities for everyone in your office. Our Blue Compass team has an alphabetically themed white elephant exchange where the letter the gifts start with changes every year, and it never fails to make for a great afternoon. Surprising gifts over the years have even included a pet fish for the office (letter F) and a gumball machine for team members to enjoy (letter G). We can’t wait to see what people come up with this year (letter I)!

null 2. The Holiday Party is a Fun Office Activity to Look Forward To

Whether it’s during the workday or on a Saturday night, the entire company will enjoy fun holiday activities while taking a break from work and socializing. Cater a meal or treats, provide some drinks and plan a few office games or fun Christmas team building activities to really get the party started. Holiday parties will make for a wonderful tradition your team and their guest will look forward to each year.

1. Giving Back is a Classic Christmas Tradition

There is no greater feeling than giving back, and the holiday season is a perfect time to combine resources and help people in need. Create a poll for your co-workers to vote for their favorite charity, and give a company donation to the one with the most votes.

Monetary donations are wonderful, but there are other ways to give back. Plan fun Christmas team building activities like taking a day to help serve at a local homeless shelter or bring canned goods to a food pantry. Find something your team is passionate about, and turn it into a holiday tradition everyone will enjoy for years to come.

No matter what fun Christmas things you do at your workplace, the most important thing is spending time together and creating a culture everyone can enjoy being a part of.

Happy Holidays from our Blue Compass team to yours!

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Mac & Cheese

Mac and Cheese is on the Digital Bark-eting team at Blue Compass. He loves greeting his team members when they arrive for the day, encouraging fun breaks during the workday and taking naps in various places throughout the office. He also enjoys saying hello to clients and other visitors - especially the mail carriers who bring treats! Mac is an important part of our team of digital experts at Blue Compass, where we help brands succeed online through web design, development and digital marketing strategies.