“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” or if you want to get technical, the Christmas holiday season. And, with that comes the opportunity to attend a variety of Christmas functions, whether it’s office parties, family and social gatherings, or even community events.
However, these gatherings aren’t always the easiest for shyer people or those who lack proper social skills. In fact, you might desperately want to go to these events, but your social anxiety might stop you.
So, if you need a lot of help socially, or you just want to dominate the holiday social scene, here is how to rock a Christmas party to meet people and become the “life of the party.”
Don’t Overdo It On The Food (Or Alcohol)
In most cases, holiday parties have a lot of food and drinks (many alcoholic). However, it’s best not to overdo it on the food or the drinks if you want to be your best self and succeed with impressing others.
First, let’s look at the food. While you’ll want to enjoy the chance to eat, if you’re the guy pigging out in the corner feeling bloated and reeking of garlic, no one will want to be around you. Not only that, but overeating can put you to sleep. You can’t be the life of the party if you’re falling asleep on the couch.
Eat enough to feel mostly full and then stop. You won’t be weighed down and bloated and you won’t look like you lack self-control among your friends and co-workers.
Drinking alcohol is a popular Christmas tradition, but losing control or looking like a drunk isn’t charming or impressive. This is especially the case at office functions or parties with an open bar. The temptation is to get as much as you can in the name of living it up.
However, for the most success, keep it moderate. If you have a tendency to overdo it, stick to coffee or pop. Being fully in control of your senses will give you an inherent social advantage when everyone else is impaired.
Take Advantage of the Holiday Cheer
Around the holidays, normally uptight people let loose, at least to a point. While the holidays are stressful, men and women seem willing to deal with that stress by socializing with others and enjoying holiday related activities, rather than biting your head off. OK, some will do that. But, generally holiday cheer takes over for the masses.
So, you can tap into some of the general holiday cheer found at these Christmas parties and other gatherings. People will likely be more willing to socialize, make friends, and talk. Approach them and use the lighter mood of the holidays to your advantage. If you’re the Grinch of the bunch, then give yourself permission to have fun!
Set Yourself Apart
As with any social setting, you’ll need to set yourself apart if you want to be the life of the party or even get noticed. This will definitely be the case if you’re shyer or tend to blend in. Of course, you can do this with our usual tips of making yourself high value. But, at a Christmas event, you can use that theme to give yourself an advantage.
Come dressed as Santa Claus, wear a Santa hat, put a string of lights around your neck, or the best option, wear an ugly Christmas sweater. Do anything that can get you noticed in a positive way. As with Halloween, Christmas is a time when you can, at least within limits, push the envelope a little bit socially. If you think you can pull off something funny or unusual, then do it.
Not only will you have fun and ease your social anxiety, but others will want to join in and celebrate with you.
Mingle And Approach
You’ll need to overcome that anxiety if you have it. Even if you don’t, to fully take advantage of the busy holiday party season, make sure to approach new people and mingle among those you might not normally socialize with.
Although it might be difficult, you’re not going to change your situation if you don’t break out of your comfort zone. Christmas events are typically well attended. Don’t let that go to waste. Immerse yourself in the fun and excitement of the holidays and take a good risk by reaching out to others.
So, what are you waiting for? Get ready for those upcoming parties and go out and rock them!