Christmas is a wonderful season full of good will and good friends and family. Parties and social gatherings are a given at this time of year, and getting together at work socials and/or a spouse’s work social can be a stressful and anxiety inducing event. Here are my top tips for enjoying these special occasions while maintaining your dignity and Christmas spirit and enthusiasm for the season. Enjoy!
- Be prepared ahead of time by drinking a few cocktails before leaving your house (ensuring you are transported safely by a designated driver…I’m all about safety) that way you will be more at ease and further inclined to tell better jokes…which invariably leads to you laughing at them yourself…at least SOMEBODY will find you funny!
- Wear your festive garb with pride. Nobody likes a fuddy-duddy and nothing says getting into the Christmas spirit more than wearing that fugly sweater with matching flashing earrings and socks. Remember…everybody will be drunk eventually and will laud all over you with sentiment and admiration for your bravery….and awesome fashion sense. You will rock that partay.
- Stash the Elf on the Shelf dude in a hidden place with a half empty bottle of whiskey during the party. The host will have fun discovering it later when she cleans up and then instantly blames her husband for his awful taste and poor judgement….and wasting a perfectly good bottle of Jack on a stuffed elf.
- Be sure to bring a party favour for the host. Christmas is about giving so bring something nice along to thank her for inviting you. Like wine. Wine is good. Be sure to crack that bottle open at the party when she’s not looking, that way you can taste it and make sure it’s suitable! Then you can toast your good taste and generous spirit by drinking her gift. You rock!
- Compliment her Christmas tree and decorating finesse during the party. Later, when everybody is hammered you can ‘fix’ it by rearranging all the ornaments to look like her three year old snuck out and got creative. She’ll be sure to admire it after she finds her angel face down in a bottle of Peppermint Schnapps and tinsel strewn around all corners of the house. Again, she’ll blame Hubby…
- Find a nice quiet corner to sit and contemplate the true meaning of Christmas whilst watching everyone else drink themselves silly and discuss why Joan Jett would sing Silent Night and the Little Drummer Boy, but not Santa Baby….hmmm….then get more wine and circle the gathering by humming ‘I Hate Myself for Loving You’…spread the Joan Jett Joy.
- When eating boxed chocolates, read the chocolate guide to ensure you don’t eat the yukky cherry cream, or orange sherbet stuff or coconut cream ones. Leave those and eat the other caramel filled yummy ones. Then replace the missing ones with the orange sherbet and coconut filled chocolates from the bottom tray. Throw out the now empty tray and leave the one full tray of orange sherbet crap and coconut filled ones on top, that way everybody will think the box is half full, when really, it’s half empty….or it IS half full…of crappy chocolate. Either way, it’s a psychological thing. They’ll be happy that they scored a full load of chocolate and you’ll have already eaten the best ones! Win-Win! You’re all about spreading Christmas cheer….
There you have it. You are now all set for the Christmas parties that are sure to come your way! Enjoy yourself and remember, elves and Jack go together like wine and me…sweet and…well, we’ll just leave it at sweet.