I'm not saying that your office has to have a holiday party. It is not required. It should be required but it isn't. Without holiday parties though you don't have stories to tell all the next year about the couple that were found passed out naked in the supply closet or the other 3some between the two janitors and the president of the company and the photos someone took and has now put on a special website called Pine-Sol loving.
Anyway, if the office has any kind of money or any kind of decency, they have an office party. Not if you work for the Tyra Banks Show. Her staff had to make their own arrangements for a party, and then had to pay for it themselves. Remember, this is the same staff that uprooted their entire lives and moved from LA to NY just to stay employed on her show. Tyra repaid their thanks by saying she would try and come to the party, but she had some shopping to do in Italy and wasn't sure if she could make it. Well lo and behold she did make it and even brought a guy dressed as Santa.
The staff all thought Tyra was going to give them their Oprah moment. Bonuses or a free car. Something. Anything. What they got was a cold McDonalds cheeseburger each. Never mind that half the staff was vegetarian. Tyra didn't even stay while the cheeseburgers were being passed out. Had to catch that private jet to Italy you know. Busy, busy, busy. Did I mention the $30M Tyra got to move to NY? The staff got their moves paid for and that was it.
And how was your holiday party?