Christmas is the most awaited holiday in the whole world, and it takes place on December 25th. People are happy, every city is decorated with beautiful twinkly lights. And keep in mind that it’s never too early to start getting into the holiday spirit, especially if you’re stuck in the office most of the days. Make your Christmas come faster and make being at work more fun by decorating your office for Christmas.
Put Up Your Office Christmas Tree
Pick a spot in your office that has the least foot traffic somewhere that it won’t be in the way. Decorate your tree with ornaments, lights and all the traditional decorations you like or go with a funny theme by decorating the tree with office supplies.
If you work in a company office it may be wise to opt for an artificial tree, but if you work from home you might prefer the crisp smell of a real tree. Artificial trees are useful as they require less maintenance and don’t make as much of a mess on the floor, so this does make them useful for an office environment. Plus, if you’re not sure you have the time to decorate the tree, it’s even possible to purchase pre lit artificial Christmas trees too, helping to make the office decorating more convenient for you. Once you have set up the tree, you can stack gifts for your coworkers to complete the holiday feel.
Put Up Some Lights
Just by adding a couple of coloured light strands you can capture the excitement for the holiday season. By choosing plain white bulbs you will achieve a more subtle and warm glow. The great thing with string lights is that they are flexible and long, and you can hang them wherever you like.
Keep in mind that while blinking colourful lights are beautiful and festive, if they are in the office they can be quite distracting. Go for lights that are not dramatic and flashy, and don’t forget to turn them off when you head home.
Put Up Stockings
You can hang a stocking for every member of the staff and surprise them with small thoughtful gifts leading up to Christmas. Stockings are the perfect size for small offerings like notepads, stress-reliever toys or gift cards. If you want to arrange the stocking in the central area where everyone can see them, make sure you have permission from your boss.
Make A Holiday Playlist
As the holidays are getting closer, many of your coworkers may be on a break the office might be getting sad and quiet. If there is music allowed in your office space, create a holiday playlist to make your working hours more enjoyable.
Hang A Few Festive Wreaths
Deck out the halls or only your office. You can make beautiful wreaths as a team-building activity. If you don’t have the time to go looking for red or green flowers that you would use as accents for your wreaths, simply find some flowers online and have them delivered to your office. Wreaths are easy to mount anywhere with removable adhesive hooks so you don’t damage the walls.
Office Winter Wonderland
If you want to go all out, you can cover your desktop with cotton to make it look like fresh snow. You can also do it on your shelves, tables or cabinets. Also, you can sprinkle some glitter over the fake cotton snow to make it sparkle.
Jazz Up Your Tools With Tinsel
Tape some shimmery tinsel on items on your desk like computer monitor, picture frames or paper trays. This simple addition will add some texture and glam to your office space. Because it comes in all different colours, it will go with any decorations that you have. You can also tape it to cubbies or mail slots to make your coworkers smile.
Hang Oversized Ornaments From The Ceiling
You can attach things like ball ornaments or snowflakes to long ribbons and hang them on the ceiling. The cute hanging decorations will hide the harsh fluorescent lights. Keep in mind that some of your co-workers are tall and the ornaments can’t hang too low or they will be a distraction and get in the way.
Set Out Some Snacks That Everyone Can Grab
Find a festive bowl in your local market and fill it up with colourful candies and other treats, so you and your co-workers can munch on during the day. Some of the most popular holiday candies are peppermint candies and frosted cookies. Make sure that you have a wide variety of candies so everyone can get a treat.
Make A Mini Nativity Scene
Dedicate one corner of your deck or a part of a shelf for a set of figurines that are depicting the birth of baby Jesus. By incorporating a nativity scene you will celebrate the most wonderful time of the year without forgetting the true meaning behind it.
Let your DIY side come out by making your own nativity figures with some wooden modelling dolls or puppets that are made out of fabric scraps. Of course, before you put up your nativity scene, make sure that the company that you work at doesn’t have a policy on religious imagery.
Cover Boring Surfaces With Fun Wrapping Paper
First and foremost find a Christmassy paper that you like. If there isn’t a pattern that you like just buy a few rolls of red and white gift wrap and then use it to create a candy cane pattern. You can cut the wrapping paper to fit it on the door frame, walls, and table or anywhere else you feel it needs some cheerfulness. Once Christmas is over you can have the satisfaction of ripping it all away and decorating your office with a new theme. If you have rules that you can decorate the walls or doors you can decorate the inside of your drawers or your shelves with it.
Before you giving your office space a holiday makeover make sure that you talk to your boss to make sure that you won’t be breaking any company rules. Also, make sure that your decorations won’t get in the way of anybody’s day-to-day tasks.
Christmas is really the most magical time of the year. By decorating your workspace you are making a bond with your team while making the office a fun place to work at.
Stella Ryne is an art historian, traveller, conscious consumer and a proud mother. When she is not trying to improve the things around her (and herself, for that matter), she likes to lose herself in a good book. Stay in touch with Stella via Twitter and Facebook.