Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The Christmas Gala by Pat Simmons

When I worked in corporate America, the company Christmas party was not to be missed! The food and prizes were worth spending more time with a cast of characters disguised as coworkers. Recently, a Baltimore real estate company handed out more than ten million dollars in Christmas bonuses to its employees. After that story broke, I wonder how many people applied to St. John Properties. How can any employer top that?
Once when I worked at a radio station, management gave away big electronic gifts at a festive gathering.
My last employer that hosted Christmas parties asked employees whether they wanted a holiday party or gift cards. Talk about take the money and run, the gift cards won out. Since I’m self-employed as an author, I miss out on those holiday parties.
Then last year, my church hosted a Christmas gala. We dressed up, played games, won prizes, ate well, and smiled for the cameras. Now, it’s an annual event. The highlight of the night was taking pictures that created priceless memories. Two church members who we call “saints” were in many photos in 2018, both passed away unexpectedly earlier this year. As we celebrate the holidays, remember we only get one life. Be thankful, kind to strangers and enjoy family while we have them.
Merry Christmas to all.
Check out our selfies and photos on Facebook at #BTCgala2019. 

Pat Simmons has penned more thirty plus titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth who is passionate about casting her ancestors in starring roles. She is a three-time recipient of the RSJ Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance. Pat describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as a life-altering experience. She has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues. Pat has converted her sofa-strapped sports fanatical husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, and GPS-guided chauffeur. Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit her at www.patsimmons.net.

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  1. I was a teacher and our department every year had a holiday party. It was so much fun. I miss those now that I'm self employed.

  2. As a writer, I'm self-employed too, Pat, so no holiday galas for me, either. However, my husband worked in corporate America, and we attended many parties. Such fun!

  3. I used to attend my hubby's office Christmas parties, but we both have been self-employed for years so the only office party we have is the one we have in our home.

  4. Haha. Maybe I'll do that next year so fun--if the Lord wills