It is that time of year for ‘The Party’. That means gifts, party clothes and socializing. Not to sound like a big old Scrooge, but spare me the forced party this year. Whether that is the official work party or the fund raising party sponsored by a business colleague, let’s not kid ourselves, they are not usually fun.
The work party; wouldn’t you rather go home early and get paid for the whole day? The money spent on the “party” per person amounts to that and you know, because you have worked on the party committee in the past!
The fund raising party, it would be easier to just give a donation.
If a gift exchange is involved:
Try to find out who has your name ahead of time.
Pray for no Secret Santa!
For some reason many people think menopausal women want chocolate, but in truth a good gift suggestion is dish towels, followed by pot holders.
Try to get the word out that you don’t want wine, chocolates, soaps, lotions, candles, food or books but DO want Dish Towels.
I know some of you are saying; what is wrong with pampering products or food and alcohol items and for the love of God why not books? Let me explain. Do you really want a tower of chocolates, or soap that smells like chocolate, some bad wine or a book written about chocolate?
Once again let me suggest, Dish Towels!
If your gift exchange is the swap number affair, you bought your own dish towels.
If you are a re-gifter, this is not good advice. Re-gifters love the tower, wine and soaps, etc. They have a party to go to that is not work related and now you have bought their present. Again; I say Dish Towels.
For the menopausal woman, you know the party rules:
Don’t drink too much if at all.
Don’t wear high heels because you will be standing and chatting for the first hour.
Don’t tell anyone how you really feel about them even if THEY are drunk.
Don’t complain about anything.
Don’t talk about religion, politics or sex.
Smile and be gracious to everyone wishing them “Happy Holidays”.
Thank everyone for being such a good: manager, boss, co-worker, assistant, etc.
Look at people’s pictures with a nodding smile.
Leave as soon as possible with-out calling attention to yourself.
Ho Ho Ho!