||[Dec. 11th, 2007|11:10 pm]
On average, how many Christmas parties do you attend a year?
To clarify, a Christmas party is a party (be it at your place of employment, your spouse's place of employment, a group your part of, or a friend's house (or your house)) that would not be thrown but for the fact that Christmas is coming. Don't count New Year's Eve or the birthday party of anyone born in December. Don't count Christmas dinner with your family.
If you host or get invited to parties that are centred around other religious holidays (like a Hanukkah party or even a secular "winter-themed" party) count those.
I'm curious to know what December is like for the average person.
Usually our Christmas parties are 1) wherever I'm working; and 2) one that we throw. We usually don't go to someone else's for a party, though we have in years past.
Mind you, I am counting small gatherings (e.g. 5-6 people) as parties.
Full-fledged big parties: There are usually 2 work ones. This year there are three but I am only going to one. Also most years at least one person I know will throw a party in December for "holiday etc". And most years there is an SCA party. So that's 5 right off the bat.
Then I add in the fact that I have a standard Christmas Eve invitation (in fact technically two but I have not yet made it to Cortejo's open house because I am always elsewhere) and a standard Festivus invitation.
Channukah used to involve parties when I was a teenager or a kid, but now it is mostly just with my parents. Some years it's a party with friends or with my parents inviting additional people. We tend to get more involved for Passover and Rosh Hashanah celebrations. Channukah is more of an excuse to eat delicious bad for you food, celebrate commercial cultural holiday (presents exchange) and light candles. Or fake candles in my household.
Also not counted is anything Solstice related. Occasionally there are Yule/Solstice parties too.
I was trying to count social parties and not religious rituals or family gatherings, because it skews the results depending on how large the family is (some people do Christmas dinner twice due to inlaws or divorced parents) or what is involved in terms of religion (8 nights of Hanukkah or going to church Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). I realize that sometimes things can be family gatherings, have spiritual significance and be social, so it's up to the individual to say whether something is Christmas party-ish whether it is in fact labelled a "Christmas party" or not.
I usually attend my faire guild's party, my daughter's other guild's party (I'm an official member), and usually a party by a friend or work.
2007-12-12 12:27 pm (UTC)
On the two party system...
Usually either two or three and I answered for this year, "two". However, one of them won't be before December 25th. For the second job in a row, I'm working at a sales-driven company that defers the party to January.
If Enid's working on-site at an office, we often go to her party, and usually to one "social social" event (as opposed to "work social" event.)
So for a stricter definition, this year might be "one". Last year was "two" because we didn't care for the venue or the entertainment (play money casino) at the office party, but if memory serves, there was another work Christmas party.
2007-12-12 12:28 pm (UTC)
Re: On the two party system...
Of course, we don't have children, which makes a huge difference in the social scene.
2007-12-12 02:44 pm (UTC)
Re: On the two party system...
Children can make a difference - either way. I think we got invited to more stuff before we had kids.
We have a huge Christmas party every year with Frank's family. His mother is one of 11 kids, and the siblings all rent a hall & buy the food, the Christmas committee chosen the previous year cooks dinner (for over a hundred people), we do a Christmas gift grab, Santa Claus visits to hand gifts out to the kids, we have a DJ (they usually pay for one, but Frank was the DJ this year), and it's a lot of fun.
We also go to my brother-in-law's house for their annual Christmas party. Although I love THEM, I don't like most of their friends (snobs!) but I like my sis-in-law's family, so we'll go for a little while. (they invite friends, family & all of Nick's employees)
That is a typical year. This year we have transportation troubles and don't seem to be making it anywhere! Missed party with online friends, missed sister's party, missed work party...hope I can manage to make at least one Christmas party! (The way I'm going I might even miss Christmas dinner with my family.)