We have done a Christmas lunch in the past but seems to have less and less attendance. We did a gift card as well instead of the lunch. Any ideas
We do an "open house" in all our offices (staying open late one evening) with Christmas music playing and cookies and fruit and a variety of goodies - coffee, water, hot cocoa, sometimes hot cider. We also give every volunteer that attends a box of Esther Price chocolates from the CEO, a smaller gift from us, and a 20% off an item in the Gift Shop coupon. They are sent a Christmas card to their home. We have done this for 20+ years.
We do not celebrate Christmas in the religious tradition of the holiday, that would be uncaring to our Jewish and Muslim patients, families, staff and volunteers. We also have a policy of no religious music performed on campus except in the chapel or other appropriate locations.
Now having said that, as a Children's Hospital, we definitely play up the Santa Claus, trees and gift giving side of the holidays. Every patient and siblings of the patient, receive gifts from our sugar plum shop. The parents come and select gifts to give.
We have a holiday event to recognize all faiths the first Friday in December each year for our volunteers. Those who attend get a gift certificate to the hospital gift shop.
Because the winter holidays are so busy, we have our holiday celebration in early November and theme it around giving thanks for our volunteers. We host an open house in a large conference/ event space in the hospital and bring in a caterer with seasonal food. The volunteers receive a small gift (about $1 cost/item) and have the chance to mingle with each other, the staff from their areas, and hospital leadership. We've had very good feedback about the event and great attendance.
Our Auxiliary's annual meeting is held early December and the hospital provides a meal - normally it's been a Sunday afternoon turkey/roast beef etc buffet, but this year I'm changing it up! Friday morning Breakfast with Santa. Additionally, the hospital provides all volunteers with a $10 grocery store gift card ($10 to Pet Smart for our dogs). The hospital also has a "Holiday Meal" for all employees, volunteers, physicians in mid December, free to all, guests may purchase a ticket. As a Catholic Hospital system, we also host an Advent service and Illumination when we light the (thousands) of Christmas lights in the trees in front of our hospital - it's beautiful. I consider us a "poster child" for the Diversity/Inclusion practices, and we recognize and celebrate special events/holidays for all backgrounds.
We did not have a Christmas party last year and the volunteers missed it. This year we are having lunch in our auditorium. I have asked them to bring a potential recruit for something different and to see what happens. I also have planned a selfie shoot for fun. We will have different props and a large picture frame to do the selfies with. We may sing some, play and a few games and remember those who have a tough time at Christmas. They are welcome to dress up but if they don't we will have the props.
The last few years have changed somewhat. We used to dress up a wagon for Santa and the volunteers would bring gifts for Christmas Day. That has gradually turned into a "blanket" for each patient Christmas Day so they no longer have to bring an item.