It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Unfortunately, everyone is not full of cheer. How many of you have thought, “I wish we could just skip Christmas?”

This year, Brian and I have TWO kids that turn 18, and I want Christmas to be extra special because it’s their last year living at home. Yet, be what it may, I have still had those negative vibes creep in about skipping it all.  We all have it hit for different reasons.  Maybe its financial strain; maybe it’s a bad relationship; or maybe, like me, it’s because you have lost a baby (or a loved one) and you don’t want to face the void that leaves.  None the less, we, or someone we know, will be affected by sadness or grief over the holidays. 

It’s so easy to skip festivities and withdraw from the crowds.  Are you already thinking of skipping the holiday office party? Think again! Know what helps me when I want to isolate myself? Just the opposite…surrounding myself with God’s love, and people who love me!

Our state of mind this season will affect us personally and professionally.  According to CNN Business Kathryn Vasel, you shouldn’t miss your company holiday party. These parties give you face time to talk to co-workers you may not get an opportunity to speak with another time. They give you an opportunity to meet new people and grow your network.

Here are Vasel’s top 6 tips on holiday business parties:

  1. Don’t skip them
  2. Volunteer to help plan it
  3. Before the party make a meet list of those you’d like to connect with
  4. Keep conversation topics light
  5. Focus on the people, don’t hide behind your phone
  6. Have a plan to follow up with those you meet so they remember you

Go to the holiday parties!  Attend the downtown parades! Attend a musical! Call a friend and stroll the streets and shop! Visit family! AND, this season and always, Lean on CHRIST! HE is the reason for the season!  – Carrie Holson, Executive Director

You can read Vasel’s whole article using the link below.