We know that December is all booked up with everything from your team’s holiday pub crawl, to your boss’ management-only dinner party, and every Secret Santa circle in between. So we’re throwing you a lifeline and taking a look at some practical tips every boy, girl and reindeer should have up their sleeve this holiday season.
The Irish Goodbye
Sometimes a holiday party can hit a point where you need to duck out without saying goodbye. Maybe you’ve had a drink or four too many; or maybe Lisa from finance wants to corner you in an ‘honest’ discussion where you can “ask me anything”. Whatever the reason, the best way to execute your sneaky exit is to wait until the party is well underway. You know, that point where people start getting loud and a little careless. It’s as simple as taking call outside so you can ‘hear’ better – and since it’s chilly out, you’ll need your jacket. The only other thing you can do before you collect your jacket and pretend to feel your phone vibrate is to make sure your Uber is waiting.
‘Wow, That’s so Great!’
Social chatter is a massive part of holiday gatherings. You’ll be getting and giving the lowdown on everything that falls between last Christmas, this one and the next. You’ll probably be hearing the same stories, over and over again. Here’s how to fake enthusiasm for shit you don’t care about. Make sure to listen enough to catch keywords, so when you do pipe up, you’re not completely off topic. Then, cycle through the following expressions:
- slight smile
- thoughtful pout
- enthusiastic grin
The Yes Man
It’s the holidays! And sometimes you get excited and commit to something before completely checking that you’re free. If you don’t want to be a flake, then you’re left with juggling multiple soirees on the same night. The best way to juggle parties, is to check the guest list. Anything that’s kid friendly comes first (those little humans can’t stay awake forever). Things that involve colleagues or a professional setting comes second. Then, your close family or friends’ gatherings are where you want to end your night. Those are the the people who will love you no matter how loud or loose you get.
Speaking of Family
Like it or not kids are going to underfoot – at your own house, your sibling’s place, or your best friend’s, so you’re bound to hangout with at least a couple over the holidays. Here, we’ve put some conversation starters suitable for those age 3+.
- What’s your favourite dinosaur?
- Do you think they’ll make a Frozen 2?
- Have you ever seen a rainbow IRL?
- Can you show me your best emoji sentence?
Diet of a Serial Holiday Partier
After a while, it can be difficult to sustain your spark for mulled wine, crackerjacks and Santa hats. To emerge from this holiday season on top, you’ll need a balanced diet of carbohydrates, coffee, protein bars, leafy greens and light to moderate exercise. Let’s be real, it’s the holidays, so no one’s going to be working out and watching what they eat all the time. Just remember that something is better than nothing, and a little exercise will leave you feeling fresh and ready for the next event coming your way.
The holiday season is here and with these tips, you’ll be calling ‘checkmate’ by your first move.
All images shot at our friend’s place, Pomegranate Kitchen.