In years past at my school, the Friday before Christmas break included an extended lunch period and a staff potluck luncheon in the library (the biggest room that can hold all of us). However, many on staff could not attend because phones have to be manned, students at lunch need supervision, etc.
Thursdays are short days for students; the last 75 minutes of the work day is "collaboration time". An idea was floated that we could have our luncheon on Thursday at 1:50, after the students have gone, so that everyone could attend. Sounds like a plan, right?
Too many people couldn't eat a small enough lunch during the normal lunch period to tie them over until 1:50, so instead we'll have our normal lunch period and at 1:50 we'll have appetizers and snacks. It's nice, but it's not like the old staff luncheons.
Our campus is very spread out, enough so that we have 3 staff lounges. During lunch today those of us in the lounge where I eat were lamenting the loss of the staff luncheon, but since in our lounge we often have "try mines" (potlucks), we got to thinking. One lady suggested a "try mine" for next Friday, and another said she'd brings a crock pot of soup. I said I'd bring corn bread, others started offering, and after lunch today I sent out an email to the usual denizens of our lounge gauging interest--and interest is quite high.
So next Thursday after school we'll have our whole-staff "hors d'ouvres", and on Friday our lounge will have a soup and salad lunch. All in all, not a bad way to roll into Christmas break!