Let’s face it. It’s seriously rare for work Christmas parties to go by without some kind of scandal. After all, that’s what we all love about them, right?! But if you want to avoid the festive gossip-mill this party season, our survival guide to this year’s celebrations is a great place to start.

Leave work at the office

There’s a time and a place for work chat, and Larry in IT does not care about your painfully slow PC while he’s sipping on his gingerbread bellini. Spare yourself the awkward silences, forget the office talk, and let ‘save it for Monday’ be your mantra.

If in doubt, keep schtum

The Christmas party may be a great place to spread office gossip like wildfire, but that doesn’t mean you should start stirring the pot. Even if you’re privy to all the latest scandals, resist the urge to spill the beans and keep quiet. Trust us, it’s for the best.

Don’t give in to the devil on your shoulder

YES, Christmas parties are all about having fun. But, whatever you do, don’t let that devilish voice take over entirely. When you wake up the next morning with a clear head and a squeaky-clean conscience, you’ll be seriously thankful.

Pace yourself

Yes, yes. You know this already. But REALLY, make sure you pace yourself at the Christmas party this year. Just because the boss is paying, don’t order ten mojitos at once and expect to stay standing for the entire night. So take it one cocktail at a time, and stay gloriously, unashamedly upright.

Read the invite

If you do one thing, for goodness sake read the invite! Get to the party on time, check the dress code and don’t bring a plus one if it’s strictly staff only. Sometimes it’s all too easy to forget the basics!

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