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This story appears in the December 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Hey, everyone in my imaginary office. Gather round. I have some new holiday rules for you all to follow.

Illustration by Paul Sahre

Here we go: General cheer is OK. Merriment will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The occasional burst of mirth will be tolerated. Kyle can wear his candy-­cane pants. And here comes the really important one: Gifts -- material and monetary -- are banned unless you think really, really hard before one.

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