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Christmas Party Planning Eases Stress

Dec 14, 2007
The Christmas holiday season is a magical time of the year. It is easy to encounter happy strangers, as well as friends and loved ones, who greet one another with the joy and goodwill that abounds. All of these feelings of fun, festivity and fellowship create the perfect backdrop for the annual Christmas party.

In general there are two broad categories of Christmas parties. One is the traditional office one which is usually held sometime in December. There has been a rather recent trend for office parties to be held early in the month of December, rather than very close to Christmas Day.

In this way, the many social events of the season are spread throughout the month. Some companies, especially those that are involved in retail, choose to have their company parties after the New Year. Because it is such a hectic time for retailers, it is sometimes difficult to gather all of the employees together at the same time.

Of course, those in the category of a personal party, which involves friends and family, is more often held on the weekend preceding Christmas or on Christmas Eve. This type of holiday party is a wonderful opportunity for families to get together and socialize and catch up with the happenings of the year. Often family parties on this special day feature a time to exchange gifts, enjoy some entertainment, partake in delicious favorite foods that people bring to share and sing around the Christmas tree.

When embarking on the planning of a Christmas party, do keep in mind that during the holiday season people are at their busiest. To ensure that your event is attended by all invited, it should be scheduled as far in advance as possible so that your guests can juggle their other commitments.

Some of the things to keep in mind for organizing a great party are: choosing the date and creating the guest list, sending out the invitations (either by snail-mail or by email), planning the menu and asking others to bring certain food items or extra silverware, setting a budget that you can commit to, decorating the house and making sure there will be adequate seating. When such an event is well planned out and organized properly, it greatly reduces the stress of hosting a party and will make it a much more enjoyable experience for everyone involved, you included.

Probably one of the biggest aspects of planning such a party is creating the menu. There are so many wonderful foods that are part of the traditional feast.

Including family favorites can really help to make the event more special and memorable for everyone. This is a great time of year to ask your guests to bring their most-liked foods to share as this can be an opportunity to share favorite memories or traditions that might be based around that food.

The main thing to remember about any Christmas party is to focus on the sharing and giving spirit of Christmas with people that you care about. This is more important than any one food, decoration or activity that might be planned and will lend to creating memorable gatherings.
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Mike Selvon owns a number of niche portal. Please visit our christmas portal for more great tips on planning a christmas party, and leave a comment at our christmas blog.
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