Those lovely Christmas parties

Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Those lovely Christmas parties
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Fri, 12-09-2011 - 6:53pm
Mine is tomorrow. I was kind of pressured into going when I'd really rather not. Everyone was a little irritated that dinner was $30 for something pretty simple (that's expensive around here). One of the two people hosting is my unstable colleague I've posted about before. If I had told her I didn't want to go, I would have had my head bitten off! Apparently, she has all of this elaborate stuff planned. Most of us would just rather sit and socialize, not deal with structured games and stuff. I overheard that she was even going to make us draw tables to determine where to sit and who to sit with. I think my principal was going to put a stop to that.

So my plan is to go, have dinner and maybe a drink, then leave with a friend to meet another friend for more drinks! Let's hope my plan goes off without incident.

How do you get through those lovely parties you don't want to attend?
Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Sat, 12-10-2011 - 9:59am
I don't own any holiday sweaters! Someone mentioned having an ugly sweater day at school...I am not a fan!

My plan was jeans and a sweater, but I want to wear my tall boots (aka hooker boots) and I don't have any jeans they'll look good with. Plus, my calves aren't fat but they are bigger, so the boots barely zip over tights as it is. Sounds like a reason to go shopping, but I've been spending a lot lately. I may talk myself out of it.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-15-2009
Sat, 12-10-2011 - 11:43am

Interesting topic, I have been mulling over my choices as well because our office Christmas party will be next week. What is interesting is we had an office themed Happy Hour last night

Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Sun, 12-11-2011 - 1:51am
Scenario six: I arrive at the party and the person I've planned to sit with has saved me a seat. Perfect! The table seats five, and I make the fifth. Before I even get settled, I'm told someone (the hostess) is insisting the four of them move to a spot at the far end of a long table in the middle of the room, leaving me alone. The person I planned to sit with tried to sit with me at the other end, but eventually succumbed to moving. I was left sitting alone most of the night.

The food was fine, but nothing spectacular. I could have made it at home easily. There was a surprise visit from "Mr. and Mrs. Claus" followed by an extremely cheesy poem and skit by them. We didn't eat until an hour into the party and didn't exchange ornaments until two hours in. I was so happy to leave! I felt crappy anyway, so having fun was a long shot. Oh, and the hostess was dressed in a tight satin strapless cocktail dress and sandals. It's 35 degrees out right now! The names were for place cards, but we put then where we wanted.

I'm happy to be home in bed, although I'm alone. I texted my friend early in the evening and he never responded. I'm more than a little annoyed. He woke me up last night and I responded! I don't expect him to say yes every time, but he can at least respond.
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-26-2011
Sun, 12-11-2011 - 2:06pm

Oh, waaaah. That all sounds so tedious and annoying!

Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Sun, 12-11-2011 - 2:33pm

Today I'm trying to get some projects done and get my house cleaned.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-28-1999
Sun, 12-11-2011 - 5:41pm

Yuck!

Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Sun, 12-11-2011 - 6:27pm
Yes, it was. One of them was my principal, though, and that's been her style lately. The other two people were their dates, so they were just following along.

If the hostess asks me if I had fun or comments at all about how I didn't look like I was having fun, I'll probably tell her what happened, leaving out the part where I knew who it was that told them to move.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-21-2008
Mon, 12-12-2011 - 11:11am

My DH's company is incredibly anti-spouse/family friendly.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 02-26-2011
Mon, 12-12-2011 - 2:09pm

This strikes me as one of those sad rituals that we do as a culture that are disassociated from warmth or meaning.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-19-2011
Mon, 12-12-2011 - 3:41pm

I always have a reason why I need to leave at a certain time-call me anti social but if I don't, I'll get roped in to being there all night.