As I set out to discover the ways Texties around the world celebrate the holiday season, I wasn’t sure what kind of response I would get. As the feedback began to pour in, I was overwhelmed with the variety and volume of Text celebrations occurring on a global scale.
Let’s start our virtual tour around the world in Munich. The office is decorated and employees enjoy the always popular sweets and treats for the season. However, come a particular day in December, the team goes by bus to a secret destination in the Alps, tours through a canyon with fire torches, only to arrive at their final destination; a cozy tavern where they drink “Glühwein,” eat Fondue and, well, party! I don’t know about you, but I now have lofty plans of somehow visiting the Munich office around December in the future.
If fire torches and cheese aren’t your thing, head down south and stop by the Johannesburg office for a game of Secret Santa. Secret Santa has long been a popular holiday event, but participation can prove to be a challenge during busy times. Don’t worry, our friends in the Malaysia office figured out the secret to success. There is a deadline to place gifts under the tree, and whoever is late must do something embarrassing, such as the chicken dance (I challenge the Malaysia office to share a video on the Text Facebook page this year of any delinquents!).
Feeling fashion forward? The Delhi office has their annual “Mr. And Ms. Text” fashion show, along with each team cooking regional cuisine every week in December to keep the teams motivated and nourished. The Paris office also promises a full belly and smiles, but changes it up each year. Picture an event such as a “Raquelette” party: a French meal where you melt a specific type of cheese with special toasters, alongside oven-roasted potatoes, deli meats, and of course, endless wine. The result? A full-fledged dance party, complete with speciality moves like the “caterpillar.”
Let’s skip around the globe to the only continent that is also a country – our dear friends in Australia. Australian Christmas falls in the middle of their summer, more aptly known as “party season,” where schools and businesses close down for weeks at a time. While the Text office isn’t closed (and is busy with client and media lunches), they opt for a unique approach. It happens in August. You read correctly. The Text 100 Sydney office does Christmas in August, hosting a large event packed with clients, PR industry and journalists, eager to examine the latest and greatest gadgets for the upcoming Christmas season. This, to me, shows the immense creativity of our employees. Good on ya, mates!
Circling back home to North America, the air is filled with holiday parties and gift exchange games such as Secret Snowflake and Hush-Hush Hanukkah Harry. The fun continues with festive cocktails, Christmas movies, and a night on the town for Holiday parties. Each office also sponsors a donation cause, helping gather toys, winter coats and other goods to be distributed to those in need in their local communities.
While the exact celebrations may differ, our digital age allows us to connect and share our holiday cheer with our global Text family. I encourage you all to tweet, share, post videos, photos and more of your Text office happenings this holiday season!
*Thanks to all of the Office Managers who helped educate me on your regions festivities!