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 | By Cynthia Kaan

Do I Have to Go to the Office Christmas Gathering?

Holiday celebrations are in full swing and the company’s Christmas gathering is on the horizon. If you don’t wish to attend, is there a way to bow out gracefully without looking like a grinch? Take time to determine the company’s unwritten expectations before deciding on a course of action. Ask yourself ...

    1.  Is tension with co-workers discouraging your attendance? This may be a great opportunity to connect in a more relaxed setting. Pray for the courage to attend and for an opening to make that connection.

    2.  Are you on a new diet plan you aren’t sure how to handle? Maybe you don’t trust yourself to stay on track with so many temptations around. If it’s a potluck, why not find a new recipe that follows your way of eating and contribute that?

    3.  If it’s happy hour and alcohol isn’t in your plan, that’s an easy skip. Order a sparkling water with lime. It is also acceptable to pop in and say hi without partaking in a single drop or bite of anything.

    4.  Are you simply too busy with other holiday gatherings and commitments? If you feel you can’t drop in at all, genuine honesty is best. Everyone is busy this time of year and most people will understand. However, don’t underestimate the impact of a quick visit.

Remember, the more opportunities we open ourselves to, the more God can use us as his hands and feet. Pray for the wisdom to discern the decision that allows God to move this holy season.