Rachel, I want to put up a small tree
The writer grew up in a place where folks went all out for Christmas
November 30, 2012
I am an admitted Christmas nut, and I would like to put up a small Christmas tree by my desk for the holidays. But I worry about offending people who are not religious or are of a different religion. Where I'm from everyone went all out for Christmas. But where I live now there's all sorts of people from all over the world. What's your advice? Should I put up the tree or not? Sign me—Getting Misty
Thanks for writing in. Every year at this time I get notes like yours, and I always want to respond. They're always from people with the best of intentions.
They want to celebrate the holidays with the community that is their workplace but at the same time worry about offending people they work with who don't share the same beliefs.
If there is one time of the year when we want to feel open-hearted and inclusive, it is now. We are challenged to celebrate the joy of the holidays and our good feelings toward all as the year comes to an end.
The last thing you want to do is put up a tree by your desk and have a storm build up over it.
My advice is to see what office policy is. Talk to your workmates and your supervisors.
At some offices, you wouldn't even know the holidays were upon us. At others, Christmas decorations are all over, from trees to cards hanging everywhere and oodles of twinkling lights.
You can be sure that the issue you raise has been raised by many before you and that a policy, whether written or not, is in place.
With the big game, CBS surges to No. 1
What’s hot (and not) in social media
Twenty years later, our O.J. obsession stands
Sorry, ad blockers, Wired isn’t having it
Catch the next big wave: Hispanic media
For Dick Wolf, a second shot at history
Cable overnights: Promising start for Bee
Fox just edges rising ABC on Monday
‘X-Files’ premiere soars among DVR viewers
Republican debate tops Democrats on Twitter
Programming blog: What’s canceled and renewed
Smaller crowd for this year’s Super Bowl
Readers: Super Bowl ads were pretty ho-hum
- Mark Andeer becomes CMO at The Escape Pod
- Debbie Myszynski becomes group account director at Frequency540
- Charles Chung becomes executive production director R/GA
- Chris McCumber rises to entertainment president at NBCU Cable
- Nina Lederman becomes EVP of scripted at All3Media America
- Josh Feldman becomes EVP of partnerships at NBCUniversal
- Michael McCarthy becomes reporter and producer at Sporting News
- Anthony Anderson guesting on Disney's 'Doc McStuffins'
- Adan Canto joins the cast of ABC's 'Designated Survivor'
This week’s top movies, songs and books
This week’s daypart ratings
This week’s broadcast ratings
This week’s cable ratings
This month’s new media traffic data
This week’s younger viewer ratings
Digital content manager opening in Atlanta
Senior media planner wanted in Des Moines
Media planner/buyer position in Cincinnati
Looking for a media strategist in Cincinnati
Opening for a marketing communications manager