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Dec 11 / Jim

Dear Evil Skippy: My Boss Won’t Let Us Decorate For Festivus

images-62Dear Evil Skippy:

I thought it would be fun to put up a Festivus pole at the office this year. The boss nixed my idea. It seems unfair to allow a Christmas tree, menorah (last week) and a Kwanzaa display but refuse to allow alternate holiday expressions. We say “Happy Holidays”, so why not include all the holidays in the decorating scene?

– Ready To Air Festivus Grievances

Dear Ready:

Because some ignorant souls do not know about Festivus and too many of them would end up dancing on the pole.

–  Evil Skippy

If you are not familiar with Festivus, read all about it here.  My personal opinion is the more holidays the better. It sure beats working. However, when it comes to Festivus, I hesitate to endorse workplace celebrations for two reasons.  First, many Festivus poles are not installed in a safe manner and could create hazardous conditions for unwary workers. Second, I would hate to see the warm, family-oriented nature of the day spoiled by moving celebrations from private homes to the office.


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  1. Moose / Dec 11 2013

    I think the real problem with Festivus celebrations in the office would be the Airing of Grievances. HR might need to call in additional staff to deal with the fallout from that.

  2. Mark Nelson / Dec 12 2013

    Festivus at work is a great idea. Though it might be the cause for “unbridled enthusiasm”, which you might recall was the perceived cause of Billy Mumphrey’s downfall.

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