12 Mistakes of Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but it can be stressful as well. Sometimes, people have expectations so high that they could never be met. Other times, it’s the little things that can pile up and just wear a person down. Here are some of those little things you probably want to avoid this year.

One too many trips to the punch bowl at the office party

Alcohol at office parties is rapidly becoming a thing of the past, but there are still of few businesses out there who allow it. Small companies tend to have a feeling of close knit camaraderie that can amplify the decreased inhibition brought on by alcohol, and lead you to saying things you would otherwise not consider. Drinking


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6 Responses to 12 Mistakes of Christmas

  1. Jo says:

    Hey, I love fruitcake!

  2. Patsy says:

    Hey, I just bought 12 pairs of alpaca wool socks that have to be washed in cold water by hand. You don’t think they’ll be appreciated?

  3. MamawW says:

    I once gave my teen nephews belts with their initials and socks. One fast let me know the fad was no belts and no socks instead of just saying thanks. After that I really didn’t care what I bought them. No reason to embarrass a gift giver.

  4. Joe says:

    @ JO,

    I could understand if it was homemade fruitcake, but the kind I usually get resembles a cinder block more than any kind of cake. And don’t get me started on the fruit substance inside (shiver).

    @ Patsy,

    I think alpaca wool socks might be the exception. I’m not sure the generic fruit of the loom variety would be as appreciated.

    @ MamawW,

    I agree that embarrassing the gift giver is something to be avoided. I think it depends on the kind of relationship you have with the giver. I know most of my close relatives and friends would be OK if I told them, “thanks, but you REALLY shouldn’t have”, but I also have a circle of friends that would be devastated by such honesty..

  5. Hilary says:

    I still regret the time I let my boyfriend know that I wasn’t crazy about his present. It really really hurt him. I’d recommend against it in any circumstances – after all, material goods should never be your first priority…

  6. Charles Rice says:

    Regarding “Buying something just because it

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