I find that there can be comfort in [some] traditions.
Here in the office, we have our traditions, and one of my favorites is a new one that we just started last year.
Each mid-December, the entire office gets together and chooses a charity for our end-of-the-year Holiday Special.
Each staff member comes to this meeting with their favorite charity along with background research to lobby the rest of the team to choose their charity.
After everyone has presented their ideas, we vote by secret ballot, discuss some more, vote some more, and eventually narrow it down to one charity.
This year, Chris and Max stole the show. They did their research early and then arrived at the meeting as a united front, offering one charity and lots of reasons for their choice.
After many rounds of ballots last year, we chose Save the Children as our holiday charity and after the sale, sent $24,000 to aid their life-saving programs. (I was outvoted for my favorite charity, but that’s a story for another time.)
This year, we needed only one ballot to make our decision, Chris and Max were so persuasive. On our next blog, I’ll announce the charity we chose, as well as which of our 2011 programs we’ll be offering as our Holiday Package.
But for now, what traditions are most dear to your heart? Please leave a comment below.