This is the tradition in my office. Actually I have joined such event for three times including the one held yesterday (28 December 2009). This event is held annually at the end of December in my office. The purpose of this event is to praise the Lord of what have been achieved during the year and wish for a better upcoming year.
The rule of gift exchange is simple:
- Each staff should bring a gift wrapped neatly using newspaper. The price of item to give should be affordable (in our case, the price shouldn't be lower than IDR 20.000 and not exceeding IDR 25.000).
- Appoint a staff to act as a gift collector. He/She will collect the gifts then tag or number each gift. The gift collector is also assigned to write the number of each gift on small of pieces of paper.
- Each staff who has submitted a gift, will then has a leeway to take a paper with number written on it. After all staffs held a paper and knew their own numbers, they can ask the gift collector to provide them gift according to the number they have. Ask each staff not to unwrap the gift immediately upon receiving the gift. Ask them to wait until all staffs holding their gift.
- When all staffs have their gifts on their hand, ask them to unwrap the gift together. And you will find some unexpected and funny gifts
Food for all
To make this event more happening, we chipped in to buy meals. So we served ourselves with abundant food ranging from sate with lontong, pizza, cheesecakes, chocolate cakes, potato chips, corn chips, oranges and grapes. The party went smoothly and I was appointed to be the MC. The foods were all delicious, people were smiling and laughing. Some colleagues sang Christmas song and others mostly took pictures insanely. Yeah, you right, it's narsist moment.
One of a guy in my office received a pinky deodorant, another guy got pashmina. I got a plastic tissue holder. Pagit got a pencil case and Ayu got shirt and glass. A lady got a pillow Mostly, this year's trend are plastic and towels. Compare to last year, the trend has changed, last year's trend was umbrella. And I found no umbrella this year. :p
Show us what you got, dude
Although some staffs were on leave, but the party remained crazy, noisy but still under control. As an MC, I wished loudly that hopefully in 2010, our project still continues and our salary is raised. Others then followed my prayer by saying AMIIIIIIEEENNN. Yeah, a nice wish at the year end.