The holiday season is officially here, and that means one thing: endless parties to attend. Whether you’re going to the office holiday party, your friend’s annual New Year’s Eve bash, or even the family Christmas gathering, it’s time to get ready for all of the socializing you’ll be doing this December.
A lot goes into getting ready to attend a holiday party, and the very idea can send introverts and anti-social types running for shelter. From picking your outfit to deciding what gift to buy for Secret Santa to trying not to gain 25 pounds this holiday season, there’s plenty to think about as soon as you accept your holiday party invitation. It can quickly go from an activity that sounds like a lot of fun to a stress-inducing nightmare.
But we’ve put together a foolproof holiday party survival guide so you won’t be sweating through your festive ugly Christmas sweater this season. From knowing what to bring to learning how to make small talk and meet new people, here's what you need to know. So kick up your stockings, follow this guide, and have a ball this year at every holiday party without any worrying.