The Schmoliday Mis Mis Party

This is the time of year when holiday events start to really stack up. There are winemaker dinners, end of year business engagements, our annual wine club event and of course, The Company Christmas Party. I have always enjoyed this one the best. Even in the leanest of years, (2008 qualifies) we have thrown some sort of a holiday party for the entire winery staff and their spouses. Over time, it has grown from a handful of devotees to nearly 75 people with all the wives, husbands and significant others in tow. It's our way of saying thanks for a job well done and gives everyone a chance to let their hair down together. We've thrown some doozies, trust me!  Everything from train trips to faraway restaurants, boat rides on the San Francisco Bay, to dinner and a lively DJ. (Dancing is nearly always part of the festivities as there's nothing more humorous than watching the CEO break-dance with a cellar worker.)

But somewhere along the way, it became politically incorrect to throw a company Xmas party. From what I'm told, the word Christmas might be offensive. The word Holiday is even pushing it. And, I'm just not sure about the word Company. To be truthful, I find the whole thing rather confusing. Don't get me wrong. It's not because I'm insensitive to the personal beliefs of others. (On the contrary, I'm very respectful about things like that.) Nor, am I'm some die hard Christmas fan who starts putting up decorations in August.  It's just that it seems like practically everything we do in business today is potentially offensive, risky, or illegal.

So, after 36 years of Xmas Parties, we've come up with a new name for showing our appreciation and making merry with the staff. The End of Year Employee Celebration. It just doesn't have quite the same ring to it though.  Nor does it roll off the tongue all that easily. Just yesterday, I overheard someone in the hallway ask a co-worker, “Hey, are you coming to The End of Year Employee Celebration?” 

Bah Humbug.

Clearly, we need a new name.  How about The Schmoliday Mis Mis Party? It's easy to say and sounds like a whole lot more fun to me.  Any other brilliant ideas?
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Leslie Author Profile Page said:
December 5, 2008 12:58 PM

hehe you could call it the "Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/Winter Equinox/ sorry if we forgot your particular holiday party" or just "Holiday Party"

Kim (aka Wilma) Author Profile Page said:
December 6, 2008 7:15 AM

Or, the "Let's just have some fun and not take ourselves so darn seriously Party"!

JohnLopresti Author Profile Page said:
December 8, 2008 9:48 AM

How about simply calling it the Aliquot. I had thought about the event in terms of the pell mell of crush, the mystery of fermentation to dryness, then the cellarmaster's genius in coaxing all the lots to the perfect state for transfer from steel to endless terms in the barrel room. The final phases in spring exist only in the winemaker's fancy at that point. It remains winter. Sometime as the edible plants in the garden grounds begin to flower and long before most actually are ready for picking to become part of the salad, the plans for timing each barrel batch for bottling and blending are developed. So, year end turns into a time of reflection and appreciation, although with much arduous work to handle the barrel aging processes delicately and with dispatch. It is a lot like the other feasts of the shortest days of the year, a time to relish our labors for their as yet inchoate final outcomes, a perfect bottle of wine for the table. In actuality the bent wine thief begins to appear in the barrel room later than end of year, in most years; and many wineries have employed this scurrilously named pipette-like lab instrument with ample fanfare during tours and scheduled events; yet, I would be reluctant to name the party the WineThief, as a trifle plebian. Aliquot has sufficient cachet for the in-crowd to appreciate, and adequate simplicity for understanding what aliquot is as a concept for balanced preparation of very young wines for tasting in lab sessions. Maybe it is only the years I spent in the world of physics that give Aliquot a ring of truth as a name for a winter party. In reality, it is an event some folks would regret having misced.

Kim (aka Wilma) Author Profile Page said:
December 9, 2008 9:07 PM

You've done it again John; thanks to you I've added a new word to my lexicon!

JohnLopresti Author Profile Page said:
December 9, 2008 9:39 PM

I always want the parties to stand the test of posterity. Thank Cornelius S. Ough for encouraging us to have good enology lab technique.

Frank McCormick Author Profile Page said:
December 10, 2008 8:59 AM

I think George Costanza's dad got it right....Festivus....a holiday for the rest of us! Now just where are we going to put the pole?

Tom Wark said:
December 10, 2008 2:34 PM


The "End of the Year Employee Celebration" is bad on a number of levels. Not the least of which is the fact that if you shorten it to the EYEC Party it sounds like the "Yuck" party.

How about just, "the party". That's it. Sort of like, "prince" or "Madonna".



Kim (aka Wilma) Author Profile Page said:
December 10, 2008 9:19 PM

Actually, I think I like the idea of the Yuck Party. But then again it could end up sounding like the F___ party if someone has an extra glass of wine or two.

These are all great ideas guys. Thanks for the comments and have a fantastic holiday season, no matter what you call it.........

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