It’s Holiday Party Season. Aren’t you excited? I’m sure some of you can’t wait to party with your co-workers, friends and family while others wish they could come up with the perfect excuse to politely decline these pressure cooker situations. Have you ever attended a Holiday Office Party like this?
My Holiday Office parties were never this awesome, but someone always got a little too drunk and let their true feelings and hidden personalities flow a little too easily, like an episode of The Office.
Then you have the friends Holiday Party, usually held by that one friend that’s just a little too excited about the Holiday season. You can usually spot them with reindeer antlers affix to their head and their dog/cat dressed up as an elf. There will be homemade egg nog, Christmas music, ugly sweaters, and holiday themed food. I don’t have to give you tips on how to survive this one because we pick our friends and this party will be epic. This is all about How to Survive Office Holiday Parties.
Stick to Your People
Avoid conversations with people you don’t interact with regularly because there’s bound to be awkward moments
This is probably the first and only time I will tell you not to get out of your comfort zone. Why, you ask? Why is it a terrible idea to meet and mingle with people you usually don’t get too? One word should sum it up. Alcohol. Everyone is a little different once alcohol is involved. Make sure to make small talk with the boss and any executives that could advance your career, while avoiding anyone that’s hanging around the spiked egg nog a bit too long.
Don’t Kill Your Diet
Try not to eat your weight in Christmas Cookies
This is easier said than done. It’s Holiday time where Food and Drinks are flowing freely. Calories shouldn’t count in December, but for some reason, my waistline doesn’t agree. It’s hard to decline “Megs famous Christmas Cookies” and the oh-so-decadent homemade Egg Nog; but think about all that yummy food that’s waiting for you at the next party and the next party and the next party. We need to pace ourselves during the Holiday Season. I usually eat before coming to events, making sure to drink plenty of water, and avoid the over processed fried food, opting for sweets instead. Maybe that’s not the best advice, but we all have our vices. 😉
Don’t Over Drink
Give yourself a drink maximum
Make sure you still have a job after Christmas, because it’s hard to find work in January
We have all seen our fair shares of open bars, but it’s something about the combination of drinking + co-workers that equal a sense of “There’s No Rules!!” into the mix. One drink can turn into two, then three and four and next thing you know you are making out with Bill from accounting on the copier. Let’s bypass all of this craziness by setting yourself a drink maximum; I usually don’t have more than two drinks at Holiday Parties. When asked why I’m not drinking more I explain I’m designated driver or I have to get some work done later.
Avoid the Office Gossip(er)
They are going to use whatever conversation they have with you as a conversation starter with someone else (hey did you know that….)
Every office has them, that person that just can’t seem to keep their mouth shut. They want to know everyone’s secrets, yet they are horrible at keeping secrets. I try not to share every facet of my life with the people I work with. Keeping some air of mystery always works in my favor. No one needs to know my hobbies and those random facts that don’t always present me in the best light.
Try to be $5 above average and not below
Your gift will be talked about & dissected
Secret Santa is a tricky one. There is usually a minimum amount to spend set by the organizers, but that minimum can backfire like a rusty old Dodge. I purchased the coolest phone stand ever at Urban Outfitters a few years ago for a Secret Santa exchange. My co-worker was always video chatting, so I thought it was the perfect gift. She opened it in front of everyone and said… “What is this!?!” With a confused and disappointed look on her face. Even though the package was clearly marked I explained what it was and she half-heartedly thanked me. Later that night, I heard her giving my gift away saying she didn’t want it. My gift was $4.99 and very thoughtful but if I would have spent a few more dollars I think she would have been a little happier and I wouldn’t have been so embarrassed.
Holiday Office Parties can be tricky but don’t let the details get you down. Enjoy yourself, your co-workers and the fact that you made it through another year together. Happy Holidays