Christmas party speeches often contain elements or themes such as gratitude, giving, hope, remembrance, family and unity. What a Christmas party welcome speech says depends on who the speech is for, and the type of party or gathering that is being held. If the venue is a black-tie affair, a formal tone is appropriate. For simpler gatherings, humor and lightheartedness are appropriate.
The theme of the speech may revolve around a single element such as "hope," and include other elements like giving, gratitude and remembrance. Defining the audience and the tone of the speech helps guide speakers in deciding what the speech should say. Regardless of the type of venue or gathering, it is a good idea to keep the length of the speech fairly short in anticipation of the party to come. Most speeches begin with a welcome that addresses the audience directly, and then introduces them to the main body of the speech. The main body of the speech focuses on those points that you wish to make around your central theme. Speeches often conclude with a quote or statement that seeks to inspire the audience. While the occasion may be solemn or lighthearted, holiday speeches typically seek to celebrate the coming New Year, togetherness and the season.