‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and though I often enjoy mingling with friends and noshing on good treats, sometimes I’m less enthusiastic about attending my husband’s holiday work party. It’s that strained social situation where your spouse is chatting it up with people he knows while you nod along, shaking hands, smiling, and generally making pleasant small talk with relative strangers.
This year I made a gentle play to ditch the party altogether and do something on our own. But the evening turned out to be much more enjoyable than I thought, and here’s why —
5 Reasons I’m Glad I Went To My Husband’s Holiday Work Party
1. Great location. This year the party was held at downtown Portland’s Governor Hotel. A gorgeous building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was wonderful to walk through the Governor and appreciate the ornate details in the architecture and the grand sweep of the hallways, lobby, and ballroom.
2. Free food. This was my husband’s main argument in attending the event (smart man). While it was typical buffet fare – salads, salmon, roast beef, etc – it was still pretty good, and again: free. Can hardly pass up free meals for date night!
3. Big prizes. We didn’t win. We never win. And yet, it’s a lot of fun to watch as my husband’s work raffles off huge prizes like a new iPad, Kindle Fire HD, 32″ flat screen TV, and more. They are incredibly generous to their employees at this party.
4. Festive atmosphere. This year the party was held on December 1, starting off the month with a bang. The venue was beautifully decorated for the holidays, and most of the couples (the women in particular) were dressed to the nines in holiday colors and sparkles. (Me? I felt decidedly subversive in my red cable knit sweater and slacks. I mean, I looked nice, but it was probably more appropriate for a weekday brunch than a Saturday night party. BUT, I was comfortable, which ranks high in my list of priorities!)
5. The chance to see my husband in a different light. There are two versions of my husband I see when it relates to his job: either he is working from home in a sweatshirt and shorts, or he’s rolling a suitcase out the door and kissing me goodbye. It’s hard for me to actually tell what he does for work sometimes, and I admit it’s easy to take his skills and success for granted. But seeing him among his peers, it’s amazing the amount of respect they have for him. He’s been with his company for 12 years and has mentored a lot of people in that time. He has steadily moved up in the company to become a Senior Manager, and you can tell that people are genuinely happy and supportive of his success. It’s important for me to hear them talk to him and talk about him, because it helps me to see and respect all he does for his company, and how hard he works for our family.
So, while it takes some mental preparation to face a ballroom of 330 people I hardly know, I’m truly glad I went to my husband’s holiday work party with him this year.
Tell me: do you have any holiday parties on your agenda this year? Are you looking forward to them, or – like me – does it take a bit of encouragement to get in the party mood?