When did you start partying for Christmas each year? Last week in December or are you like me, getting your party frocks on as early as November and getting together with friends and colleagues for nights out on the town?
This year is special. Guess why? I have had my first office party two weeks before the big celebration!
Well, it is not really my very first office Christmas do, but the last time I have been to one was so long ago that this may very well be the very first one I’ll actually remember!
As a freelancer, we had no one to organise proper get togethers, be it holiday season or not. In fact, I was on call all the time during my stint as a professional interpreter, I was ‘dragged’ away from my Christmas family meal once or twice, to go to a police station some hundreds of miles away, spending my Christmas Eve and Christmas day in a police interview room.
Christmas 2014 is different. No longer on call and I can, on most days, finish work after 5pm, I am free to make appointments with friends for a HotPot and actually able to make it there. I no longer have to cancel my social activities at the last minute. Consequently I am making the best of this newly found freedom. Friends invited us to their cosy homes and treated us with hospitality and exotic cuisine from different parts of the world.
As you can see from the pictures above and below, I have had a number of meals out and about, including a very first visit to a Polish restaurant with colleagues from International Office.
Last Friday was our Office Christmas Party, which started with a quiz session. As a growing International Office, we had four teams competing. Although our team did not come out on top, quite the opposite in fact, I was very pleased to be part of it. Mind you, I did get a couple of questions right when I paid attention, looking away from the WeChat :).
Our festive lunch was at Hotel La Tour, which is conveniently located just around the corner from our office. The three course meal was well presented and delicious. I had salmon as a starter, followed by lamb as main. The Lemon Posset was utterly mouthwatering to finish.
Everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves and then it was time to get back to work. After all, it’s only the 11th of December and Christmas is still two weeks away.
Are there more parties on the way? Absolutely!
I shall take a short break from blogging in the coming week – many more parties to enjoy, and not enough time for blogging. Here are more pictures to share, and I wish all my friends, readers and followers a most wonderful Christmas celebration, and a very Happy New Year too!
If you are contemplating what to prepare for the holiday season, check out an earlier post for ideas: Festive Foods – What to Cook for Christmas and New Year?