Dear Snarky – Kill Me Now Because My Office Has “12 Days of Secret Santa”

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Hip, hip, hooray it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but I’ve already gotten the instructions for the office “12 Days of Secret Santa.” I seriously want to hurl. The rule is no gift should be over $5, but since I work at suck up central everyone ignores that rule and goes over the top, for 12 whole days, with their gifts.

I need your help because I can’t afford to spend a bunch of money on my co-workers and I’m afraid this is going to kill me in the office politics game.

Signed, Scrooge

Dear Scrooge,

I have a couple of thoughts.

1) Take some vacation days during the Secret Santa extravaganza and use that as an excuse for not participating as in – “Wow I’d love to do this, but since I’m not going to be in the office the entire time I feel like it wouldn’t be fair to the Santa of it all.”

2) Do the Secret Santa and follow the rules. Give only gifts that don’t exceed $5 and trust me if you go on Pinterest you’ll discover a North Pole worthy list of ideas on how to do this with good cheer and thoughtfulness.

3) If you feel like you’re getting attitude for following the rules use it as the kick in the pants you need to find a new job and put that on your 2017 resolution list. Because if co-workers and management are getting their tinsel in a tangle because you didn’t treat the Secret Santa as an opportunity to kiss ass then you need out of that environment sooner than later. That’s not just a red flag it’s a sleigh dropping on your head telling you that you should run not walk to the land of updated resumes and your  LinkedIn page.

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6 thoughts on “Dear Snarky – Kill Me Now Because My Office Has “12 Days of Secret Santa”

  1. Go Tell Human Resources says:

    I can’t be the only one that thinks Secret Santa creates a hostile work environment. I’m not wrong here am I?

  2. Tricia says:

    Surely it’s an optional event? Just opt out! I would say something like, “12 days multiplied by $5 = at least $60, which I don’t even spend on my parents, so I am opting out.”

  3. Mama Bear says:

    I have NEVER participated in Secret Santa. I say “no, thank you.” Pushed for another reason, “can’t afford it and don’t want to.” If they say something else I just look at them. I don’t care what they say, I am not doing it.

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