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Christmas: Tired old tinsel

December 2, 2010

I’ve never been a huge fan of decorations in the workplace. There’s something incongruous about bright and shiny homogenised Christmas decorations draped half-heartedly over characterless office furniture or – as I discovered to my horror this evening – or otherwise attractive looking indoor plants. It just smacks of someone somewhere saying “That’ll do the trick. That will perk the place up.”

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It doesn’t. It never does. Inappropriate position of tinsel and other cheap shiny tat makes my heart sink. The pseudo-designer in me casts a critical eye over it. I judge. I dismiss. I snort with derision. That’s me. Nasty, aren’t I?

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I shouldn’t be quite so damning, I know. After all the area of the office I work in where these pictures were taken is occupied by people who are – technically my colleagues. In fact, they’re more than that. They’re colleagues who are on the same floor as me. I pass them on the way to my desk every morning. And even if I didn’t, you never know when I might need to call on the services of … employee relations.

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I jest. I’m not having a go at those who see the decoration of the office environment as part of the annual Christmas tradition. After all, it’s not really that much different from the rituals I go through every year decorating the house. There’s love there. There’s a collective desire to mark the season. And there’s eagerness. It’s the 1st December. It’s quite early to be thinking about christmas decorations.

My favourites are without doubt the Dalek …

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… and definitely the Cyberman. Camp old baggage.

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