The company Christmas Party, despite cutbacks this year, is still a widely shared cultural experience in the US, many people have Christmas Parties either at the office or at offsite location sponsored by the company. Many people refuse to attend, many look forward to the party all year long and some attend purely as a political display. As a small business, with a partner and a couple of employees, 3 different states, we don’t really gather for social occasions, we’re already friends or relatives and socialize outside of business.
I for one am happy to trade the Christmas party for working on my own schedule and agenda, but i understand those how like a job and being part of a bigger team.
I found this “christmas” party image, it’s pretty funny: