Christmas cards have come a long ways from their humble beginnings in Victorian England in 1843. Cards are now available in every conceivable shape, size, color, and with readily available messages that express sentiments from funny, to religious, irreverent, and downright philosophical. It is no wonder then that corporate Christmas cards have jumped on the bandwagon of sending out cards to their business partners, clients, and anyone whose name might be in the corporate rolodex. Of course, a corporate Xmas would not be complete without a corporate Christmas party, and some businesses actually use their corporate Christmas cards to invite their employees, and perhaps also investors, to attend the bash.
Naturally, any correspondence sent out by a business during the holiday season needs to be handled with case, and many print shops now specialize in the creation of corporate Christmas cards. They offer to tastefully include the company's logo or even motto and incorporate it either in the design or message of the card. Additionally, print shops offer harried business owners the option of having a short or extensive holiday greeting inscribed onto the message portion of the card. Some even go so far as to stuff the card into a beautifully gold-foiled envelope, complete with return address, business logo, and perhaps even the company slogan imprinted. Naturally, in addition to expression holiday wishes to customers, employees, and anyone connected to the company, corporate Christmas cards also fulfill the important role of reminding customers of the existence of the business; thus, should a customer or client have lost or tossed the business card received at an earlier occasion, this is a great time to write down permanently the company's address and telephone number in the rolodex.
Of course, while corporate Christmas cards are a beautiful gesture, it is the corporate Christmas party that truly shows employees and staff just how valued they are by the company. While the corporate Xmas celebration has become a lot more inclusive by dropping references to the Christmas holiday and instead simply referring to it as a holiday party, it is nonetheless a tradition that few companies do without. This is a time to uncork the champagne, contact the best caterers around, and scope out a location. Entertainment may be as simple as a disc jockey, or as elaborate as a hired band, magicians, or even singers.
Additionally, many corporate parties love to either set a theme, or offer a special gimmick in addition to the food and entertainment. Some set up Vegas style gaming for tokens (not money), while others may allow employees to try their hand at assorted games of skill, such as basketball hoops, soccer goal shooting, and other games. For those companies that also allow children to attend, there is almost always something there especially for the younger set, such as a petting zoo, carnival games, or the big guy, Santa Claus, himself! No matter which way your company celebrates the holidays, enjoy yourself, and be sure to thank the boss!