Julie Chase

Yes, we look forward to our pot lucks. And being in the “south”, we call it a “Christmas” luncheon and yes, “grace” is said before everyone eats. If you live in a red state, you will most likely not hear “Happy Holidays”. I know, “shocker”…… Merry Christmas is spelled out on bulletin boards entering the building, the office area and some of the industrial areas are decorated with “Merry Christmas” banners. The military band comes by every year and plays “Christmas Carols” for us and all the other civilian organizations. At my DH command, some of the supervisors dress up like Santa, and when the families come to their Christmas luncheon, he passes out presents to the kids. (of course the parents brought them in ahead of time and put them in Santa’s bag). We are very small and close knit here. If there is a death in the family, or child or grandchild born, or the employee is in the hospital, we have a Sunshine fund that purchases flowers/cards. Employees are “not” obligated to contribute. We are relationship oriented human beings and it is occasions like Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July that bring us closer.