This sample speech template can be used for a December celebration at the end of the year such as a Christmas party, Hanukkah celebration, Holiday Celebration, Winter festival, Winter Solstice, New Year party, Year’s end event, Kwanza ceremony, award ceremony, or other festive event. It can be used with a diverse group when remarks should be secular, non-religious and inclusive in nature or modified to add religious or cultural elements. It can be used for events in a corporate or business environment, at a school, university, other professional party or for non-profit, military, governmental, and other events. This example speech can be modified by using examples more appropriate to your event.
I want to welcome you all to our celebration to mark the end of another wonderful year.
As we approach the holidays, we are reminded that it’s a time to celebrate family, friends and the many wonderful things in our lives. For many of us it is also a time to honor our faith, or to remember the people important to us, both those who are with us and those we wish were with us. It’s a time to reflect back on the year and think of all the things that have happened and how we came to be here today.
For many of us it’s a time to celebrate our family and cultural heritage in whatever form that takes. For some of us, that means making the cookies grandma used to make, making cornbread or black-eyed peas, or bringing mom’s famous potato salad to the family pot luck. (Change these examples to be specific to your culture and audience.)
It could be decorating the Christmas tree with your children, meeting friends for good food and good conversation, or watching your favorite holidays specials (add specific shows here appropriate to your crowd’s age and demographic such as: The Nutcracker, Rudolph, Elf, It’s a wonderful Life, Frosty the Snowman, Miracle on 34th Street, etc. You can also add specific cultural events such as Santa Lucia day, St. Nicholas Day, Epiphany, Three Kings Day, Boxing Day, lighting lamps or candles, etc. – Modify the examples to fit your audience).
Celebrating could mean hanging a kwanza wreath, going to midnight mass, honoring the solstice, lighting the menorah, looking forward to Chinese New Year or just enjoying some time off work. (Modify the examples to fit your audience.) This time of year is many things for many people, but for all of us, it’s an opportunity to stop and reflect on the people who give our lives meaning.
That’s what I want to focus on today. As an organization, we have taken on a lot of challenges this year. We have (talk about a few of the important things your organization has done or things that have occurred this year.)
All of the things we accomplished this year were due to one thing: the people of this organization. Our team is what made everything possible. I’d like to quote the great Helen Keller, who never let adversity stand in her way. She said "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." Or, as the author and leadership expert Ken Blanchard says, “None of us is as smart as all of us.”
To people working in every department, from top to bottom and every level in between; to the people who have been with us for years and the ones who have just joined us recently, I want to say thank you. It’s your hard work and dedication that have enabled us to get to where we are today. You are truly our greatest asset. It’s your teamwork, diligence, creativity, ingenuity and perseverance that make this organization better every day. I couldn’t be prouder of the work you’ve done and the difference you’re making. (At this point you can name some specific people or teams/departments who deserve special mention or give awards. You could also use this point to announce anything special but try to keep it brief.)
Let me take this chance to thank you all for a great year and for all the things you do for us, day in and day out. I’m looking forward to working with you all through another great year full of the challenges, opportunities and surprises that may come in the next year. I have confidence that you will face them with as much grace, resourcefulness and dedication as you have shown this year. May you have a peaceful, joyful and safe holiday season and a wonderful New Year.
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