then yes, we do. Typically someone at work will organize some kind of party and our company is willing to say it's a company party. Although, it's up to us to organize and pay for and not on company time. Sometimes, some of the management will kick in some money of their own...since we don't get any kind of Christmas bonus, special gifts, or...well...we don't get anything special.
Yes, except it is a stable job, I've rasied my kids as a single Dad and needed the stability. It is a job, has benifits, and pays well. That's my criteria. Now I'm older and for us, jobs are harder to find.
Oh yes, me too, and now I'm over 50 the grass on the other side looks greener every year, but not for me. But I have one kid in Uni and the other going soon, so I am stuck here till I retire. We do complain a lot, but I've worked at much worst places. The department gets 20 Euro a head for our party, and maybe half of us turn up, so it's a good deal.
Once we all toddled along to a Christmas do, and the buffet was all spread out under plastic, so we could see it and not eat. We had to wait till all the bosses had made their speeches. After 1 hour of speeches I had to go and get my kids from the childminder. No buffet for me.
Yup - we have an unofficial party. They also sometimes do pot luck, which I may actually be able to go to this year. Nothing funded by the company, although we do get pizza lunches now and again for other reasons. Pay checks are nice to get...