“To be sensitive to those who don’t celebrate Christmas, we won’t post photos of trees or Santa Claus on our welcome board.

Gift exchange presents will be collected under the lobby Christmas tree.”



TrifectaPicture11-1This is my response to Trifecta’s weekly challenge:  Charles Dickens, in A Christmas Carol, wrote “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.” We are giving you exactly 33 words to make us laugh out loud and spread some festive cheer.

The challenge is open to everyone, so if you have a laugh to share, add your link to Trifecta’s site!

Now, I don’t know if my response is exactly “laugh out loud” funny, but I happen to find irony quite humorous.  Last year, my office made a big deal of being sensitive to those who don’t celebrate Christmas.  The person who selects seasonal photos to display on the TV screen behind the reception desk was asked to not include photos of Santa or Christmas trees in the selection, however there were two decorated trees in the office!  (And they said a prayer before the meal at our holiday party.)  Gotta love failed attempts at political (or religious) correctness 🙂

Had they actually sent out a memo, it would be framed and hung in my cubicle.

Have a beautiful week.  Laugh much and don’t let the stress of the season find you!


78 thoughts on “COMPANY MEMO:

  1. J. Milburn December 16, 2013 / 7:56 AM

    That definitely gave me a chuckle 🙂 Great work!

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2013 / 11:52 PM

      Thanks, J. Glad you found the humor in it as well 🙂

  2. Jnana Hodson December 16, 2013 / 7:59 AM

    Most companies seem to want to PROFIT from Christmas. But to be sensitive to the ones that don’t, or aren’t, let’s not do business.
    The gifts we’ll be exchanging will be time, service, and presence.
    Yes, we’ll trace this one back behind the masks and see who gets the last laugh …

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2013 / 11:55 PM

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, Jnana!

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2013 / 11:56 PM

      Never could figure out how the Christmas trees made it through the censors!

  3. newwhitebear December 16, 2013 / 8:43 AM

    everything is clear.
    A rich Christmas tree

    • jannatwrites December 16, 2013 / 11:57 PM

      Thanks for reading, Newwhitebear. I appreciate your support 🙂

  4. Valerie December 16, 2013 / 12:13 PM

    I remember a few years back when a local department store came under fire for removing the word Christmas from all store displays and newspaper ads. To try to amend the situation, they simply taped pieces of paper printed with “Merry Christmas” to their front doors. It was so pathetic it was actually funny.

    I enjoyed these 33 words Janna!

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 12:03 AM

      That is amusing, Valerie! It’s sad things have come to this, It seems our skin has thinned over time 🙂

  5. Debbie December 16, 2013 / 12:19 PM

    Good job, Janna! It’s ironic indeed that we bend over backwards trying to be tolerant of others’ customs, yet fail to appreciate how deeply ingrained our own are.

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 12:06 AM

      So true, Debbie! I appreciate the theory, but sometimes I wonder if it just makes issues where none would have been.

  6. Widdershins December 16, 2013 / 2:07 PM

    Ahh, political correctness!

    I wonder if it ever occurred to those who delete ‘Merry Christmas’ from this season of celebration, to actually include ALL the greetings of the season … what a novel concept eh? … but no, that might require they do a bit of research, and perhaps add a few more words to their generic greeting. … denial takes less energy than inclusiveness, and gives back in equal measure.

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 12:08 AM

      Good point, Widdershins. That could end up being a lengthy greeting – maybe that’s why we often see the ultra-generic “happy holidays.”

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 12:09 AM

      Hehe,,,I bet it happens quite often, Bjorn!

  7. Eric Alagan December 16, 2013 / 5:18 PM

    In Singapore, we put up greetings and decorations to suit the occasion. Depending on the time of year, you’ll see greetings and well wishes for New Year, Chinese New Year, the Muslim and Hindu festivities, Christmas and so on. This is the norm in every Singapore company, school and government body.

    We even light up the entire country – Chinatown in Chinese New Year; Little India for the Hindu Festival of Lights; Geylang Serai for the Muslim festivities and the Civic Centre downtown for our National Day (Independence Day). In addition, every single suburban/housing centre throughout the country is lit up as well to reflect the various occasions.

    We celebrate one another’s religious occasions and usually with a party in the office. Interestingly, the biggest parties occur during the December period. You should visit Singapore during December.

    It amazes us what people do in the name of political correctness. In Singapore, we view these occasions as great opportunities to strengthen bridges.


    • C.C. December 16, 2013 / 9:21 PM

      Eric…enjoyed reading your comment….Singapore certainly is phenomenal at honoring multiple cultures/religions/nationalities/cuisine simultaneously. Amazing place!!

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 12:12 AM

      It sounds like your country has a comprehensive and inclusive celebration, Eric! In the US, political correctness has become absurd,

  8. trifectawriting December 16, 2013 / 5:50 PM

    Haha! That’s so funny. I hate to say that it sounds exactly like something I would do. Two years ago we discussed whether we would have Trifecta’s dinosaur wear a Santa hat for December. I voted no, because it seemed exclusionary. And then I organized an ornament swap. 🙂 Thanks for linking up, Janna.

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 12:18 AM

      Well, at least the ornament exchange was optional – no offense in that 🙂 We can be funny sometimes!

  9. philosophermouseofthehedge December 16, 2013 / 6:08 PM

    Snort! You and Leno (with his jokes about schools having “winter parties”) are on the same wave length. Giggle while you jingle – it’s our only hope!
    Well done

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 12:20 AM

      Thanks for stopping by to laugh along, Phil! I haven’t watched Leno for a while, but I like how he thinks 🙂

  10. Glynis December 16, 2013 / 8:05 PM

    LOL!!! We had a similar annoucement this weekend. Enjoyed reading this….so very funny!

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 12:23 AM

      Haha! Glad it’s not just mt company, Glynis 🙂 Thanks for laughing along!

  11. agjorgenson December 16, 2013 / 8:28 PM

    That is so funny, and doubly so knowing it is a true story.

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 12:25 AM

      Well, at least they didn’t do a formal announcement, Allen! The thinking was a little off, but it made for a good laugh 🙂

  12. C.C. December 16, 2013 / 9:12 PM

    I love irony! Great 🙂

  13. jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 12:26 AM

    Yay, another fan of irony! Thanks for reading, C.C. 🙂

  14. Ivy (Mommy Dourest) December 17, 2013 / 3:55 AM

    Hahaha! The humor in this lies in the realism. Organizations and companies trip all over themselves trying to be PC and often end up looking foolish, hence this great example.

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 11:37 PM

      So true, Ivy! Political correctness actually makes things more awkward in many instances. But it’s good for a laugh or two 🙂

  15. tedstrutz December 17, 2013 / 5:27 AM

    Love it! Merry Christmas!

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 11:37 PM

      Happy Hanukkah 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Ted!

  16. James Bulls December 17, 2013 / 6:33 AM

    Bwa ha ha! What a great reflection of the anachronisms of corporate life. I really enjoyed it, thanks for writing it.

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 11:39 PM

      Thanks so much for stopping by to read it, James!

  17. nrhatch December 17, 2013 / 7:45 AM


    Happy Kwanzaa, Janna!

    • nrhatch December 17, 2013 / 7:47 AM

      And thanks for you “irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.” 😀

      • jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 11:40 PM

        I’m glad you (and others) find the humor in it. Wasn’t sure if this was too office humor 🙂

  18. nrhatch December 17, 2013 / 7:48 AM

    Let’s try that again:

    Thanks for YOUR “irresistibly contagious […] laughter and good humour.” :mrgreen:

  19. MOV December 17, 2013 / 8:09 AM

    love the irony! ha!


    • jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 11:41 PM

      Thanks, MOV…appreciate you reading it!

  20. Tina December 17, 2013 / 9:00 AM

    Yep. That is usually how it goes!

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 11:42 PM

      There’s so much that goes on in the office I just have to shake my head. (I’ve always loved the Dilbert comics because he taps into some of the absurdity 🙂 )

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 11:42 PM

      Memos like this make you stop and think, “huh?” 🙂

  21. Momo December 17, 2013 / 10:22 AM

    Oh irony – I love it! And I love this example of it, Janna!

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 11:43 PM

      Woo-hoo…another fan of irony 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Momo!

  22. KymmInBarcelona December 17, 2013 / 12:36 PM

    Christmas trees and Santa over here are fodder for cultural arguments. Although there are more and more African immigrants, it’s still pretty common to find the wise man Balthasar made up in black face! Spain remains adamantly un PC!
    Love it, Janna!

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 11:45 PM

      Un PC isn’t a bad thing…I’m afraid by putting so much emphasis on never offending anyone, it results in inadvertently offending because more attention is drawn. Thanks for sharing t)

  23. EagleAye December 17, 2013 / 12:57 PM

    Ah haha! For those needing email support, please email us at…

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 11:48 PM

      I appreciate you taking time to read it, LTBG!

  24. annbennett December 17, 2013 / 8:57 PM

    Intent always peeps behind the outward sentiment. Funny.

    • jannatwrites December 17, 2013 / 11:50 PM

      I can appreciate their idea, but they didn’t really think that decision through 🙂 Thanks for reading, Ann!

  25. DonettaS December 18, 2013 / 4:00 AM

    I agree that people in America have gotten thinner skin rather than thicker. I find these situations ironic and funny. Very good take on the prompt. Made me smile.

    • jannatwrites December 19, 2013 / 8:46 AM

      I’m glad you got the humor, Donetta! We have Good Friday as a work holiday…I can’t wait to see what they call that one 🙂

  26. Kathy Combs (@Kathy29156) December 18, 2013 / 6:42 AM

    Ironic and funny. Still in my humble opinion majority should rule the day and the others should just learn to suck it up. ♥

    • jannatwrites December 19, 2013 / 8:48 AM

      As far as days off from work go, I don’t care what you call it, I’ll never complain about a day off! As for celebrations, I think we can lighten up and respect each others’ celebrations. Thanks for reading, Kathy!

  27. joetwo December 18, 2013 / 9:19 AM

    They really can be hypocritical sometimes. Good one!

    • jannatwrites December 19, 2013 / 8:51 AM

      Trying to please everyone makes for shaky ground 🙂 Thanks for reading, Joe!

  28. Bryan Ens December 18, 2013 / 12:38 PM

    There’s a guy in my home city that sued the city because they put “Merry Christmas” on the city buses…apparently it’s offensive. There’s no pleasing some people…

    • jannatwrites December 19, 2013 / 8:58 AM

      Suits like this really bug me. They strike me as people just trying to make some money. Thanks for reading and sharing your comment, Bryan!

  29. ImeldaImelda December 18, 2013 / 8:51 PM

    Isn’t it ironic that in the attempt to be politically correct towards those who do not celebrate, those who celebrate are (kind of) not allowed to celebrate? I wonder if there can be a middle ground in this case.

    • jannatwrites December 19, 2013 / 9:00 AM

      I wonder if middle ground can be found as well. I was talking to a co-worker yesterday who relayed how she accidentally wished a Jewish person “Merry Christmas.” Apparently, it wasn’t received well and she spent ten minutes trying to make it okay. So sad that we can’t accept the intent of a greeting (it wasn’t meant to offend or harm)… Thanks for reading, Imelda. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas 🙂

  30. atrm61 December 19, 2013 / 5:12 AM

    So funny Janna!:-)Wishing you a Merry Christmas in advance my friend-am leaving tomorrow-see u on 26th,tc & have fun,love xx

    • jannatwrites December 19, 2013 / 9:04 AM

      I hope you have a merry Christmas, too, Atreyee. Er, if you don’t celebrate Christmas, have a happy day, okay? 🙂

      • atrm61 December 19, 2013 / 12:17 PM

        Ha!ha!Thks Janna-am looking forward to enjoying meeting my classmates from school again-just replied to some 40 mails which came in a few hours back-had written some 25 in the morning-excitement is high-the early birds have already reached town-some r reaching tomorrow-the whole gang will be there by 21st evening-which is day after for us 😀

        • jannatwrites December 19, 2013 / 11:57 PM

          I hope your reunion goes well. Lots of excitement for you, Atreyee!

  31. Renada Styles December 19, 2013 / 3:50 PM

    The irony gave me a good laugh! Personally, I see nothing wrong with having a picture of Santa Clause. If you want to respect other traditions, put a menorah and other symbols of the holidays right next to Saint Nick.

    • jannatwrites December 20, 2013 / 12:07 AM

      Glad you got a laugh out of it, Renada! I think representing all traditions is a great compromise 🙂

    • jannatwrites December 20, 2013 / 12:11 AM

      Thanks, Joanne! I’m glad you like irony, too 🙂

  32. pattisj December 22, 2013 / 5:56 PM

    That is funny, Janna. Thankfully, Christmas still shines through.

    • jannatwrites December 22, 2013 / 11:50 PM

      Thanks for stopping by for a chuckle, Nancy!

  33. pattyabr December 29, 2013 / 2:40 PM

    interesting perspective on the challenge.

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