Some people are just trying not to be a scrooge, while others genuinely live for December and holiday time. Christmas lights, music, tree, presents…there’s just so much to do. But it wouldn’t be complete without the slew of holiday parties to attend. Whether throwing one or attending one, be sure not to be a part of any of these ultimate holiday party fails. They can only get worse.
10. Being underdressed.
This includes either simply not dressing to the dress code (such as nice holiday attire like black pants, a dress, etc.) or failing to the theme (ugly sweater, santa, etc.). If you’re going to attend, then you need to be willing to participate.
9. Forgetting to bring a drink or dish.
Especially if the occasion is BYOB—make sure you do so. Even if the host says that all you need to bring is yourself, it’s rude to not bring some sort of gift upon arrival (other than yourself—don’t try that one here).
8. Taking the games too seriously.
Now really, who knows how to play the driedel game? Just sing the song and pretend like you know what you’re doing like everyone else. Don’t be a sore sport.
7. Inadvertently standing under the mistletoe when Grandpa Joe arrives.
He’ll think you were waiting there for him on purpose. Stay away from the mistletoe at all the times. Yank it down if necessary. Unless there is a hottie you have your eye on, then your every move needs to be planned very meticulously. This also may happen if creepy Grandpa Joe is one of those guys that carries around his own mistletoe to hold over your head at his own discretion. Be aware and notice the clues. If he is dressed as Santa later in the night, most definitely do NOT sit on his lap. I don’t care how much mulled wine you’ve drank. ABORT! ABORT!
6. Getting too drunk.
See number 7. This will help so that this issue does not occur. Avoid the red and green jello shots. I know they look delicious, but you will regret this decision later.
5. Accidentally revealing to a child that Santa isn’t real.
Don’t be a scrooge or a loud mouth if there are children at this party (hopefully there aren’t) or in their bedrooms with their ears pressed against the door. Pretend Santa is real like the rest of us do for the whole month.
4. Throwing up in the guest bathroom.
Completely avoidable situation—if it’s going to happen at least make sure no one can hear you and you’re in the furthest away possible bathroom—and you reach the toilet bowl.
3. Crying about why you’re single around the holidays.
No one cares. Sorry. Much less money to spend at this time of year when you’re single, so you won’t get much sympathy from people with 6 sister in laws, their husbands and kids to buy for.
2. Hooking up with your friend’s weird cousin.
I won’t tell if you won’t tell. But he’ll definitely tell.
1. Falling asleep in the living room.
This may be your best option if you’re gonna get hit on by Grandpa Joe or make out with weird Cousin Al. Maybe it’s not a fail after all. Unless there was actually a hot guy to meet under the mistletoe. It’s a hard decision.
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