Friday, December 22, 2006

Holiday mood

Today at work (last day before a 4-day weekend!!) we held our office "Chinese Christmas Party."

What? You don't know what that is? I understand they're called different things in different parts of the country. (Don't know WHAT the Chinese call them.) I wrote a post last year listing the "rules" and how they work. Click HERE to read that post. They're a LOT of fun!

This year I wore my Santa hat again and walked into our lunch room with a hearty "Ho, Ho, Ho!" Immediately one of our female employees leaped to her feet, pointed a long finger at me and demanded, "Who you callin' a Ho, boy?! You gonna get slapped if you do that again!"

My face turned the color of my hat. The others loved it. That pretty much set the mood for the gathering.

We feasted on taquitos and cookies, drank coffee and/or orange juice, and had our 45 minutes or so of fun.

What? You don't know what taquitos are?

Pronounced "tacky toes" by some (who d0n't know that the accent is on the second syllable), they are simply a flour tortilla wrapped around your choice of breakfast foods. Popular varieties include bean and bacon, bacon egg and cheese, potato bacon egg and cheese, chorizo and egg, and many more.

No, I'm NOT going to explain chorizo. Look it up.

The feasting and gift-exchange party set the tone for the day. Little work was accomplished, but some did get done amidst all the people going from office to office wishing co-workers a merry Christmas, happy New Year, and so on. Usually as they were leaving early. Making the rest of us feel put upon for staying later.

But it didn't really matter. All of us were in a holiday mood!


Karyn Lyndon said...

I've been told that Chinese Gift Exchange is not a politcally correct term. The preferred term is White Elephant gift exchange, unless of course you hang around with some white elephants, and then you use the term "gray-challenged pachyderm gift exchange."

Peter said...

Good post John, it sent me back to your archives to see the rules, while I was there I noticed your post on Joni Mitchell, who I love, this in turn sent me to look up the lyrics of "Urge to go", several minor variations before I chose one to post in my poetry blog.....

THANKS Buddy, thats about a dozen sites I won't get to now!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lot of fun. Someone gave me a little sign that said "Ho Ho Ho". I always wondered about that??

Emmy Ellis said...

Doing my last round of blogs before yuletide descends.

Merry Christmas, my friend.