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Companies Christmas parties

Before to move to Switzerland, I was used to have companies Christmas parties where we were going accompanied by our partner. I found it very strange to not be invited in Switzerland. I don't know if it is a Switzerland, European thing or companies policies. Well, must be a mixed of all of them since here too it is the same policies.

Anyway, today is our 4th wedding anniversary and hubby will be at that stupid Christmas party where he have to go. No show up is a big no no.
I should be the one getting a party for supporting his work, his long hours outside of home, his trips, etc..... and it is open bar!!!! I could use of that too!

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What are your experience of Christmas parties in CH? Is is the same for you?
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Old 15.12.2011, 16:21
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Before to move to Switzerland, I was used to have companies Christmas parties where we were going accompanied by our partner. I found it very strange to not be invited in Switzerland. I don't know if it is a Switzerland, European thing or companies policies. Well, must be a mixed of all of them since here too it is the same policies.

Anyway, today is our 4th wedding anniversary and hubby will be at that stupid Christmas party where he have to go. No show up is a big no no.
I should be the one getting a party for supporting his work, his long hours outside of home, his trips, etc..... and it is open bar!!!! I could use of that too!

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What are your experience of Christmas parties in CH? Is is the same for you?
Yes, and in the US as well.

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Old 15.12.2011, 16:26
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Re: Companies Christmas parties

I just came from my sections Christmas lunch ....that is employee's only -- but to be honest it's just the group of us (22) all going out for Indian food


Our organization Christmas party.. and Mrs.G's organization party... are open invite ( and yes free booze )



EDIT... but to be honest my orgs. Christmas party is rather boring... a bunch of fat old guys ( myself excluded ) talking about patent rights,etc... , but mrs. G's party is a bunch of fat old guys talking about.... other boring stuff... but man they know how to drink down there
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Re: Companies Christmas parties

I work for a very small company here and partners are invited to our Christmas meal. But working in UK and Luxembourg spouses were often not included.
Many have been so awful that it's better not to have to inflict them on your partner.
I'm sure you'll be able to celebrate with something much nicer another night!
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Re: Companies Christmas parties

Well, the same situation here with mandatory attendance, it wasnt an invite, it was an order, though in SA, most often spouses are not invited as well. The worst was that a work collegue had a50th birthday party and invited the entire Project team, but no partners, well I cursed the lot of them

Its like the cherry onto of the sh*t pile of being a trailing spouse. If I would like to have Xmas party, I would have to organize it,clean and cater for it.

but hey, somehow, we (wives) have to be grateful that we dont have to work, and get to sit around all day and drink coffee with our pals...
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Re: Companies Christmas parties

Me and my OH always have a no partner Christmas dinner.
We usually have a BBQ in the summer were partners and children are invited to join.
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Before to move to Switzerland, I was used to have companies Christmas parties where we were going accompanied by our partner. I found it very strange to not be invited in Switzerland. I don't know if it is a Switzerland, European thing or companies policies. Well, must be a mixed of all of them since here too it is the same policies.

Anyway, today is our 4th wedding anniversary and hubby will be at that stupid Christmas party where he have to go. No show up is a big no no.
I should be the one getting a party for supporting his work, his long hours outside of home, his trips, etc..... and it is open bar!!!! I could use of that too!

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What are your experience of Christmas parties in CH? Is is the same for you?
Imagine you were invited. You would spend your wedding anniversary on a company Christmas party...
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Old 15.12.2011, 16:39
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Re: Companies Christmas parties

Considering we have 1000 people on site, the BIG Christmas dinner tomorrow would be virtually unmanageable if partners were invited.

Anyway, how the hell do you flirt with the new girl in QC if your wife is standing beside you?
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Re: Companies Christmas parties

Was never invited to a company christmas dinner from my BH, he was also never invited to the ones of my company, both here and in Germany.

I thought that was pretty normal? After all, it's a company dinner... for the workers? We call it team building. How am I going to be able to get to know the other workers better if I cannot talk about work, since my BH has no idea what is being talked about? BH would get angry for being ignored, and bored to death because it's not his field of work...
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Considering we have 1000 people on site, the BIG Christmas dinner tomorrow would be virtually unmanageable if partners were invited.

Anyway, how the hell do you flirt with the new girl in QC if your wife is standing beside you?
you could ask her if she could top up your champagne and talk quickly while she is gone ( allegedly )

disclaimer... I would never do this.

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Was never invited to a company christmas dinner from my BH, he was also never invited to the ones of my company, both here and in Germany.

I thought that was pretty normal? After all, it's a company dinner... for the workers? We call it team building. How am I going to be able to get to know the other workers better if I cannot talk about work, since my BH has no idea what is being talked about? BH would get angry for being ignored, and bored to death because it's not his field of work...
Sorry Helm, but every time you refer to your BH, I keep thinking you're talking about your bra.
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you could ask her if she could top up your champagne and talk quickly while she is gone ( allegedly )
I'm confused, the wife or the new girl from QC?
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Sorry Helm, but every time you refer to your BH, I keep thinking you're talking about your bra.
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

Well, me and my bra have a pretty good relationship My bra even gets to attend the company christmas dinner with me!

Sorry, I know usually in the forum they use OH (other half) but I got the BH (Better Half) expression from my husband.
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Imagine you were invited. You would spend your wedding anniversary on a company Christmas party...
Well that is a tough choice.....

Spending the evening with some adults strangers talking about work and gossips from work while enjoying a free dinner and open bar drinks or spending the evening like any other evening of the week, month and year, cooking, feeding the kids, giving them a bath, putting them in bed and sitting in front of boring tv shows...

Tough choice, really.
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I have to go to my hubby's Christmas bash every year . All very lavish and delicious food but mind-numbingly dull and just a bit too formal (exactly how many people is it polite to chink glasses with until you can finally take a swig for god's sake!). Lots of people talking shop with in-jokes littering the conversations. There are a couple of other wives that are nice to talk to but as we only see each other once a year it takes a while till we are warmed up and chatty again.

I would be quite happy if this Christmas do was NOT a +1 event.

On the other hand, my Christmas do is strictly no partners, is relaxed, unstuffy and entertaining and always ends up in a mess...
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Anyway, today is our 4th wedding anniversary and hubby will be at that stupid Christmas party where he have to go. No show up is a big no no.
I should be the one getting a party for supporting his work, his long hours outside of home, his trips, etc..... and it is open bar!!!! I could use of that too!

Rant over

What are your experience of Christmas parties in CH? Is is the same for you?
Since no one seems to have picked up on you hint, I trust your husband has.

Congratulations on the wedding anniversary
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Re: Companies Christmas parties

Personally, I am glad if I wasnt invited to the OH's work do. The idea of having to make small talk with strangers all evening is mentally exhausting. I had to do it for my previous job - at least I was paid.

We went to my OH's Xmas do over the weekend in Holland, where his HQ is located. I was wishing that I was snuggled up in bed in the hotel 99.99% of the time. I either like my own company too much or I am such an old soul.

Sucks that it fell on your wedding anniversary though. Happy anniversary Nil!
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Personally, I am glad if I wasnt invited to the OH's work do. The idea of having to make small talk with strangers all evening is mentally exhausting. I had to do it for my previous job - at least I was paid.

We went to my OH's Xmas do over the weekend in Holland, where his HQ is located. I was wishing that I was snuggled up in bed in the hotel 99.99% of the time. I am such an old soul.

Sucks that it fell on your wedding anniversary though. Happy anniversary Nil!
Having not much conversations with other adults I am very very happy to talk to any strangers about anything and have the chance to dress up in a pretty dress, make up and heels to show off on my hubby's arm.
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Re: Companies Christmas parties

You are making me feel guilty. Not only does Husband have a party where Significant Others are invited, they also have a children's party too. The children's party was yesterday, Father Christmas put in an appearance with little goody bags for all, there was cookie baking and other activities. Plus a little sandwich tea was provided but we all moaned because the sandwiches were so small and not very children friendly (tuna mayonnaise) whereas last year there were mini Hot Dogs, nuggets, chips, ice cream etc.

I guess the company never realised that the real treat of this Children's Christmas party is that you didn't have to feed your children that evening as tea had been provided. Getting out of preparing an evening meal ranks way ahead of any fancy parent party in my book. We took our two to McDonalds () next door where we bumped into rather a large contingent of party refugees.
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