Death of the Christmas Party

14 Dec

This time last year I posted about the Death of the Christmas Card. I believe fewer people send out Christmas cards — the paper kind. Or if they do, they’re not sending them to me. Geez, maybe they’re trying to tell me something. E-cards are becoming more popular, but I’m not getting any of those, either. I receive about 20 cards a year, down about 50% from 10 years ago.

I wore something like this to Christmas parties back in the day

I wore something like this to Christmas parties back in the day

I think Christmas parties are on their way out, too.  My hubby has worked for the same company for 26 years. Every year spouses were invited to a rip-roaring party held at somebody’s house, or a restaurant or hall, complete with decorations, Christmas music, dancing, an open bar and Santa handing out funny gifts. It was a rare opportunity for me to buy a new dress and put on the bling, since I wore a uniform to work. And who can complain about an open bar?

Other years we would do fun things with our kids, like enjoy a sleigh ride at a farm, followed by a meal and gift exchange. One year we went skating.

Somewhere along the way the parties got lamer. Now they’re practically non-existent. A few years back the staff — except for my hubby and a few older colleagues — voted for a Christmas lunch instead of a party, with no spouses. Nice. What a bore. Basically the staff sits around drinking wine, gossiping about whoever’s not there and complaining about their jobs. Dancing at Clubs

I hope I’m wrong about this trend. Not a lot of people dress up to go out anymore, at least not in my town. I attended to a musical at our National Arts Center — I live in a capital city — and I always dress up because it’s fun. Alas, most of the audience dressed very casual. (Yawn).

old folks dancingAnd what’s up with dancing? The only people dancing are twenty-somethings at clubs or eighty-somethings at retirement homes. Is there such a thing as going out to dinner AND dancing for the rest of us? I’ve been watching Boardwalk Empire on HBO. Man, those people knew how to dress up, dance and generally have a good time, even during Prohibition.

What’s it like in YOUR town? Does anybody know how to throw a party? Can you invite me?

10 Responses to “Death of the Christmas Party”

  1. Selena Robins Musings December 14, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    I was asked in an interview recently what time period would I like to go back to, I answered – the roaring 20’s. They danced, lived it up and looked like they had fun. I love dancing, but there’s not place to go unless you go to a loud bar with music that sounds like a bunch of cats having multiple-O’s with their tails caught in a mouse trap.

    As for the Christmas parties, some companies make the employees pay to go, and the tickets are priced high, and it’s an expensive time of year anyway, so a lot of people don’t go.

    • nancyelauzon December 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

      OMG, really? They make you buy tickets? That’s stupid.

  2. Denise Hansen December 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    I sent you a paper card old friend complete with pictures! But I agree there are less coming in. There were a few Christmas parties this year but nothing too glam. Times have changed. There us a blues bar hete where oldsters can dance.

    • nancyelauzon December 17, 2012 at 11:18 am #

      Yeah, mine is on its way to you, too. These youngsters don’t know how to do glam, I guess. thanks for stopping by!

  3. Kathleen Kaska December 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    If you find one of those parties let me know. I kept all of my party dresses; I just didn’t have the heart to through them out. Dressing up in my town means combing their hair.

    • nancyelauzon December 17, 2012 at 11:19 am #

      LOL … so it must be a nation-wide problem.

  4. Rachelle Lerner December 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    I am sure 10 West in Mansfield would love you to come to their Christmas Eve party. It is in Mansfield PA on Main Street, they kept their name which was their first address.

  5. 4amWriter December 17, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    I never get invited out anymore because I keep having to turn everyone down due to never finding childcare. My husband hates hosting parties, so that’s out. Maybe you and I should meet each other somewhere fun and throw our own party! 😉

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