Tuesday, December 20, 2011

christmas rocks.

Last Friday was our end of year Christmas celebration at work. For the past 5-6 months a big part of my job has been running and assisting with Corporate and Community Engagement events (Scholarship Awards Ceremonies, Cocktail Parties, Research Evenings, Seminars…. etc.) and this event was no different. One of my colleagues, Debbie, planned and organised the overwhelming majority of this event and I just assisted in the days leading up to it.

Unlike Max’s work party with thousands of people where they hire buses, rent out venues with romantics views of the river, have endless food and lovely people to come refill your drink when the line gets below 1/3 full, we had a really down to earth party. During the day. On campus. With Secret Santa games. And plastic wines glasses. It is not that we don’t deserve a huge celebration in the city or party venues that overlook the Brisbane City sky line, but that just isn’t really ‘us’.

But a tropical Christmas themed roast lunch- yep, that is more our style!

The week before the party I kept reminding myself to stop by Big W (kind of like Walmart) and pick up one of those cheap, cheesy Christmas t-shirts. I wear corporate attire most days and just wanted to be fun and casual at the Christmas party. Well, it turns out my mental reminders failed and I found myself at Big W on Friday morning searching for a t-shirt.

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And this is the ONLY one I could find. It is a little boys t-shirt that says “Xmas Rocks” with a crazy tattooed Santa (and yes I now realize I was making the ‘I love you’ hand gesture instead of the ‘rock out’ hand gesture I was meaning to make…. I guess I am just not that hardcore anymore, haha).


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Anyway, back to the Christmas party- It was a tropical Christmas theme laced with palm trees, fake snow and Hawaiian leis. Here in the southern hemisphere it is dead summer by the time Christmas rolls around and although we may have had ‘Frosty the Snowman’ and songs about warm fires and snow covered sleighs playing in the background, the tropical theme was out and flying it’s colours high.    


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We even had our very own hula girl handing out the leis (thanks Alyce!).

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Now I have never photographed an event like this before, but I think you can tell by all of the smiles and laughter that was captured- everyone was having a really great time!


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[Nancy]


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[Gaynor and Carolyn]


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[Haley, Carolyn, Me, Laurel, Gaynor and Courtney]


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[Ashoka]


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[the seceret santa gifts]


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[FOOD!]


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[David]


After everyone had eaten lunch we broke out the "Thieving Santa" game (a different take on the nicer version of the typical "Secret Santa" game)

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[Heather]


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[Alyce and Nayana]


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[Tynnielle and Mircea]


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[Dianna and Julie]


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[Hayley]


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[Carolyn and Paul]


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[Nancy stealing Alyce's gift]


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[Daryl]


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[Diana stealing Carolyn's money tree]


Speaking of this gift... I had never seen this before so please excuse me if this is an old idea but what a creative idea for a Secret Santa gift! It is just a simple tree made of cardboard with curled scratchies (lottery tickets) attached. A MONEY TREE- so clever and super fun if you ask me!

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[Alyce and Ashley]


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[David, Nicci and Nancy]



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[Tynnielle- the final winner of the money tree- and Doug]


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[Alyce and I]


Well, that about sums up the 2011 USQ Staff Christmas Party.


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Have a ROCKIN' CHRISTMAS!!


1 comment:

  1. Great stuff Michells, some very cool candids. Hope you all have a happy & safe festive season. Sharon & Mike Fanning xxx

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