Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly; Christmas Traditions in Your Workplace - page 3

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“Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly"......... "Tis the Season to be Jolly"....... Sure we all are excited and making preparations for the holidays. There are signs of Christmas everywhere.....lights, trees, ornaments, Christmas... Read More


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    I guess drinking heavily is not an option!!

    Is it just me or are there more and more holidays being added to the season where you are left saying "what's that? " I am all for including everyone but sometimes it feels we have gone over board to include everyone.

    In Ireland they celebrate on Dec.26th (St Stephens Day ) wren boys day. Dates back to celtic mythology where they killed a wren ,or later just captured a wren and put it on a stick and paraded through town. Enroute they collected money for charity and distributed it to the needy. So I'm wondering....(seen as we have to celebrate every tradition ,so as not to offend anyone ) should I get a stick with a nice fake dead wren to put that up there on the wall along side the hannukah, kwanza ,christmas tree, Santa, "christmas " snoopy and "christmas " winnie the pooh. We seemingly have "no space " for a nativity display though!
    Last edit by echoRNC711 on Dec 5, '12
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    We have Secret Santa and a Christmas dinner.
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    Quote from echoRNC711
    I guess drinking heavily is not an option!!

    Is it just me or are there more and more holidays being added to the season where you are left saying "what's that? " I am all for including everyone but sometimes it feels we have gone over board to include everyone.

    In Ireland they celebrate on Dec.26th (St Stephens Day ) wren boys day. Dates back to celtic mythology where they killed a wren ,or later just captured a wren and put it on a stick and paraded through town. Enroute they collected money for charity and distributed it to the needy. So I'm wondering....(seen as we have to celebrate every tradition ,so as not to offend anyone ) should I get a stick with a nice fake dead wren to put that up there on the wall along side the hannukah, kwanza ,christmas tree, Santa, "christmas " snoopy and "christmas " winnie the pooh. We seemingly have "no space " for a nativity display though!


    Me, i'm for including everyone, and don't see it as ridiculous, at all, not even slightly. If we are going to celebrate the god that 1/4th of the globe worships, might as well celebrate them all. Every religion has a big holiday in December, every single one of 'em!!

    If christian holidays were not observed, ohhhh my, that would not be popular, at all. I guess other religions have same rights, is how i see it, even if there isn't enough of them to make a Big squack, i do not see the harm in honoring all the gods equally. Whyever not?
    Who knows what all religions are amongst the coworkers or patients or various depts' staff going by, who knows who all might be very pleased to see the holidays of their gods being recognized, too?


    Is the dead wren on a stick some attempt to mock dead Jesus on a cross? or the "Holy Ghost" of the bible, often represented as a bird?
    or some attempt to mock other gods that you yourself are not familiar with? sorry, i didn't get that part.


    (btw, Kwanzaa is NOT a religious celebration, not at all, but a celebration of values)...maybe December can become a time to learn about other cultures and various celebrations, to develop a broader knowledge and respect for others??
    Last edit by somenurse on Dec 6, '12
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    Quote from echoRNC711
    I guess drinking heavily is not an option!!

    Is it just me or are there more and more holidays being added to the season where you are left saying "what's that? " I am all for including everyone but sometimes it feels we have gone over board to include everyone.

    In Ireland they celebrate on Dec.26th (St Stephens Day ) wren boys day. Dates back to celtic mythology where they killed a wren ,or later just captured a wren and put it on a stick and paraded through town. Enroute they collected money for charity and distributed it to the needy. So I'm wondering....(seen as we have to celebrate every tradition ,so as not to offend anyone ) should I get a stick with a nice fake dead wren to put that up there on the wall along side the hannukah, kwanza ,christmas tree, Santa, "christmas " snoopy and "christmas " winnie the pooh. We seemingly have "no space " for a nativity display though!

    Perhaps if you would much prefer a nativity scene, maybe if you brought one in, in a size that would fit, it could be placed in your workplace?

    btw, i like your drinking heavily idea, now that sounds like it could be Very festive, hee hee!!
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    Ireland: The Wren Boys here is the link about the significance of the wren.

    Yeah, I am with you Jean-Marie in celebrating every holiday. Why not ! Anything to bring a little cheer.
    I am not christian so it didn't offend me that there was no nativity scene it just struck me as interesting that the central theme of Christmas was omitted in place of a big blow up snoopy!

    I am wondering.... .what is the consensus with respect to playing Christmas carols so all pts can hear over the radio (I work in out pts where we always play some type of music ). Christmas Grinch or Ho! Ho ! Ho!
    Last edit by echoRNC711 on Dec 6, '12
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    We have decorated trees in various areas of the building, with empty gift-wrapped boxes beneath each one. Some of those decorative wrapped boxes are taken by various unidentified persons each year.

    I should make up some new (replacement) boxes, each containing a card that reads, "Here's Your Sign!"
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    Quote from echoRNC711
    Ireland: The Wren Boys here is the link about the significance of the wren.

    Yeah, I am with you Jean-Marie in celebrating every holiday. Why not ! Anything to bring a little cheer.
    I am not christian so it didn't offend me that there was no nativity scene it just struck me as interesting that the central theme of Christmas was omitted in place of a big blow up snoopy!

    I am wondering.... .what is the consensus with respect to playing Christmas carols so all pts can hear over the radio (I work in out pts where we always play some type of music ). Christmas Grinch or Ho! Ho ! Ho!
    Me, i LOVE christmas carols (i'm not christian, i just like the songs)
    but, where i worked, they used to pipe in music via the PA all day long. I loved it, but, many to most complained, as, if you were RIGHT under the speakers, you were not going to hear anything else going on around you. Can't hear the call bells, the IV beeps, someone falling, nothing, just that music.
    also, some folks (staff AND patients tying to nap) said the music got on their last nerve, etc. Hard to find music that EVERYONE loves, i guess.

    so, come the holidays, the overhead music was banned already.


    EDIT: lol, i don't mean to imply that the staff were also trying to nap, ha ha..didn't come out just right...
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    Epic ugly Christmas sweater:

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    Love that sweater, Brillohead. Truly ugly!!!
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    Epic ugly Christmas sweater:



    i think we have a winner!! Brillohead, step on down here, to claim your prize!!

    tnButterfly, tell her what she won.


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