Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly; Christmas Traditions in Your Workplace - page 2

"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... Read More

  1. Visit  turnforthenurseRN profile page
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    We always put up a fake Christmas tree. This year management put up a large one! Previously they have been smaller ones.

    We also do a secret santa for the staff.
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  3. Visit  loriangel14 profile page
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    Oh yeah up here ( Canada) ugly Christmas sweater parties are VERY popular.The uglier the better.

    My unit in the hospital has a tree, several poinsettias,garlands,snowmen and candy canes on the walls and stuff hanging from the ceiling.Most of us wear Santa hats on Christmas morning.We have Christmas music on at the nursing station all day.Usually we pick something to donate to or a family in need to buy for.A couple of people usually have a Christmas party at their home as well the hospital has a big Christmas party every year.
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  4. Visit  That Guy profile page
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    Not me but like this

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  5. Visit  CheesePotato profile page
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    Holy crap, Guy, I just choked on my own tongue.

    That. Is. Epic.
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  6. Visit  GrnTea profile page
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    My old ICU was originally a med/surg unit and every room up and down the hall had a real door, a wooden one. Made it much quieter in the rooms. We decorated every single door-- all 15 of them, plus the main door to the entrance. One year we'd do the 12 Days of Christmas, or all snow scenes, or all trees, or all wrapped "presents," or all elves ... they were all different, we had a great time with it, and it was wonderful.

    I still have the one I made for the main door that we hung every year, a red fleece banner with edges bound in shiny red blanket binding, with a wreath of green felt leaves glued on, with a few red felt berries and a big white felt bow, and PEACE in big gold letters at the top. I hang it on MY front door every year.
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  7. Visit  NRSKarenRN profile page
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    I've always gone way out decorating at home and work ---and at AN





    Funny you posted this as my office Christmas elves and I shopped last week at the local $1.00 store since we have new enlarged space; spent $60.00 so our department will win the Christmas decorating contest with our theme: Winter Wonderland ...and reuse decorations yearly.

    Decorating started last night:

    1. Huge 4 panel picture window at front, 3 2 back and 4 small high windows dressed with snowflake clings -some have glitter (we bought every one)
    Hung Blue and Silver wire circles with cascading blue bells on blinds side panels
    White batting draps the windowsill and our Santas, snowman and reindeer nicknacks placed. New Christmas tree went up in 10 minutes in front window including branches fluffed. After settling overnight, will decorate with balls and garland today.

    2.Next on decorating list: Hanging snow flakes and blue 'n silver Christmas balls above cubicles; outside will be draped with silver garland beads and blue or silver bells.
    Snowflake garland will be hung from ceiling tile entryways.

    3. Bookcase outside my office door is being transformed into a Fireplace with Christmas stocking hung and Nativity scene on top (Just like my won home). Shred-it box top will grace our Little Christmas tree with 25 days to Christmas tree display: You take out one mini ornament per day and place on tree. Two wreaths strategically placed throughout.

    4. A Menorah and Charlie Brown Christmas tree selected by a staffer who is Jewish for their cubicle. Might have a Kwanza candle display....

    5. I'm gonna string my Mardi Gras beads in office window, bring in my Christmas Cactus. Have mini tree on my desk. Will add stocking cap to my nurse doll and bring out Beanie teddy bears as toys of childhood.

    Staff is determined to win the luncheon prize!


    As a non-profit home care agency focusing on the poor and disadvantaged, we have a "Giving Tree" --Christmas tree is decorated with donation requests hung like balls:
    Mother size 12 bathrobe, Boy age 12 Football, $10.00/$25.00 food store gift certificates,
    Boy age 3 winter jacket, infant diapers, bedbound Dad size 2xL sweatpants, 1 case Ensure.

    All year long we have "Angel Fund" fundraisers: Hot Dog, Hoagie, meatball sandwich and donated Sport game ticket sales. My department has an Angel Fund collection jar for spare change. Money raised along with donations buys Christmas dinner /1 week worth food for neediest families. One year had a patient that had been in house fire months past --5 children were sleeping on plastic lawn chairs; so our colleagues pulled together and found beds, mattress, dressers for this family. We've paid electric bills, bought air conditioner and fans, along with countless sheets/washcloth + towels/ clothes over the years.


    You gotta be careful with the door decorating contests. Despite Philly being a sports crazed town, including our staff, the year a staffer decorated VP Nursing door in tasteful sports team themed pictures, including cheerleaders in short-shorts, did not go over well with our conservative CEO+ VP and was immediately taken down. My take on this tragedy: they picked the WRONG DOOR -would have passed muster if on IT equipment storage closet door in my office. Thusly, no door decorating past 5 years.

    In the hospital setting as night shift elves, I've won contests with theme of "Silver Bells": plastic med cups trimmed with silver glitter hanging in groups and "Songs of Christmas": blown up Christmas sheet music (burnished with blackened edge like rescued from fire) on foil wrapped door.

    Will post office pics when done.
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  8. Visit  missnurse01 profile page
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    we are also not allowed to decorate at all...actually that has been what I have mostly seen across the states in my many years. Last year we even tried to cut out snowflakes and tape them to walls and windows and we were told they were a fire hazard and that they had to come down. It's awful.
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  9. Visit  echoRNC711 profile page
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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
  10. Visit  amygarside profile page
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    We have Secret Santa and a Christmas dinner.
  11. Visit  somenurse profile page
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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
  12. Visit  somenurse profile page
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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!!
  13. Visit  echoRNC711 profile page
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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
  14. Visit  Overland1 profile page
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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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