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The Christmas Party Memos

FROM: Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director
DATE: December 1
RE:     Christmas Party
TO:     Everyone
I'm happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will take place on December 23, starting at noon in the banquet room at Luigi's Open Pit Barbecue. Full open bar, and plenty of eggnog!  We'll have a small band playing traditional carols...feel free to sing along. And don't be surprised if our CEO shows up dressed as Santa Claus!  

FROM:   Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director
DATE:   December 2
RE:       Christmas Party
In no way was yesterday's memo intended to exclude our Jewish employees.  We recognize the Chanukah is an important holiday which often coincides with Christmas, though unfortunately not this year.  However, from now on we're calling it our "Holiday Party."  The same policy applies to employees who are celebrating Kwanzaa at this time.  

FROM:   Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director
DATE:   December 3
RE:      Holiday Party
Regarding the note I received from a member of Alcoholics Anonymous requesting a non-drinking didn't sign your name.  I'm hapy to accommodate this request, but if I put a sign on a table that reads "AA Only" you wouldn't be anonymous anymore.  How am I supposed to handle this?  Somebody?  

FROM:   Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director
DATE:    December 7
RE:       Holiday Party
What a diverse company we are!  I had no idea that December 20 begins the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which forbids eating, drinking and sex during daylight hours.  There goes the party!  Seriously, we can appreciate how a luncheon this time of year does not accommodate our Muslim employees' beliefs.  Perhaps Luigi's can hold off on serving your meal until the end of the party - the days are so short this time of year - or else package everything for take-home in little foil swans. Will that work?  Meanwhile, I've arranged for members of Overeaters Anonymous to sit farthest from the dessert buffet and pregnant women will get the table closest to the restrooms.  Did I miss anything?  

FROM:   Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director
DATE:    December 8
RE:       Holiday Party
So December 22 marks the Winter Solstice...what do you expect me to do, a tap-dance on your heads?  Fire regulations at Luigi's prohibit the burning of sage by our "earth-based Goddess-worshipping" employees, but we'll try to accommodate your shamanic drumming circle during the band's breaks.  Okay????  

FROM:   Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director
DATE:   December 9
RE:       Holiday Party
People, people, nothing sinister was intended by the idea of having our CEO dress up like Santa Claus!  Even if the anagram of "Santa" does happen to be "Satan", there is no evil connotation to our own "little man in a red suit." It's a tradition, folks, like sugar shock at Halloween or family feuds over the Thanksgiving turkey or broken hearts on Valentine's Day.  Could we PLEASE lighten up a little?  

FROM:   Pat Lewis, Human Resouces Director
DATE:   December 10
RE:       Holiday Party
Vegetarians!?!?!?  For chrissakes, I've just about had it with you people!!!  We're going to keep this party at Luigi's Open Pit Barbecuem whether you like it or not! You may sit quietly at the table farthest from the "grill of death", as you so quaintly put it, and you'll get your damn salad bar, including hydroponic tomatoes.  But you know, tomatoes have feelings, too...they scream when you slice them.  I've heard them scream.  I'm hearing them scream right now!  

FROM:   Teri Bishops, Acting Human Resources Director
DATE:    December 14
RE:          Pat Lewis and Holiday Party
I'm sure I speak for all of us in wishing Pat Lewis a speedy recovery from her stress-related illness and I'll continue to forward your cards to her at the sanitarium.  In the meantime, management has decided to cancel our Holiday Party and give everyone the afternoon of the 23rd off with full pay.   Happy now?