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Avoid Holiday Party Faux Pas (and a Hangover, Too)

How to avoid making a bad impression at an office holiday or Christmas party this season with tips from Social Q's author Philip GalanesDon’t be a drunken fool during holiday party season, and you might just keep your job until New Year’s. From Social Q’s: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries, and Quagmires of Today by Philip Galanes.

With all the holiday parties come cases of booze—and the impaired judgment that go along with them. Glug! So think about imposing a two-drink maximum on your consumption.You’ll thank me in the New Year—when you’re not searching for a new job because you goosed the head of Human Resources at your holiday party.

Remember: We’ve got a heavy calendar. Not only do we have to make it through this party, we also have to make it through the next one and the one after that. So take it easy on the hooch—and yes, that includes wine and beer.

And to all you flaxen-haired folk whose tresses might be stroked during the holidays—or bosses who might get an (unpleasant) earful from tipsy employees—please see “Ho!” No. 2: Try to let it slide. Under no circumstances should you put up with sexual (or any other) harassment, but try to remember that we’re all trying to survive the long, hard season.

So there you have it: With any luck—and a few deep breaths—you might just make it past the Thanksgiving turkey (and the endless leftovers), past the tinsel and the Hanukkah gelt, past New Year’s Eve even, landing yourself safely in the post-holiday New Year.

Ho! Ho! Ho!


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