Comet and Cupid and Donner Party survival cannibalism! Nothing kindles that Christmas spirit like remembering the magical snow of 1846 which trapped 60 pioneers in the cold, unforgiving bosom of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Far from being a downer, this is a cheery reminder that things can always get worse. People-stew worse. When your co-workers express trepidation about dinner with their extended families, remind them of the awkward conversations that must have occurred around the dinner log among these desperate settlers. "Remember when you decided to use the Hastings Cutoff? And how we're stuck here now? Ha ha, anyways, can you pass me some more of the Jonathan?"
Note from HR: While it is not explicitly against our code of conduct to discuss cannibalism, hypothesizing that Cheryl from accounting would "taste gamy" is against the spirit of our collaborative work environment.