Just because you're Jewish doesn't mean you won't be attending your share of holiday events this December--from office parties to New Years Eve soirees, here are some tips on surviving the onslaught of food, alcohol and people.
1. Get your flu shot. Seriously. Not only does getting the flu really put a damper on your holiday plans (and ability to work) but if you get it, you can now expose other people to it, and that's not very nice. Sharing is caring, except when we're talking about a virulent flu.
2. Drink lots of water. I know, I know. Everyone and their mother tells you to drink water. There's a good reason! It will help you ward-off nasty headaches, frustrating colds, keep all that salt-induced bloat down and help you block a bad a hangover (provided you don't drink a handle of liquor by yourself.)
3. Carry antibacterial gel. With all the parties and shopping and travel, you're bound to run into a lot of germs that you wouldn't be introduced to otherwise. After touching something in public, use your anti-bac gel if you can't wash your hands. It might sound like overkill, but it's so much less of a hassle than having to blow your nose every 30 seconds.
4. Just say no. You don't have to do everything. You know the phrase, "choose your battles?" Well, choose your parties. Your number one obligation is to yourself--don't want to go to your holiday high school reunion? Then don't. No one will miss you (and vice-versa).
5. Wear flats. I cannot stress this enough. All these other guides tell you to bring a pair of flats in your purse. I say, just wear 'em to begin with. There are plenty of fancy ballet flats and sleek boots that have no heel. Don't you want to avoid misery? I do!
6. Carry tissues. Sometimes, the party host doesn't buy quite enough TP for the bathrooms. Or someone stole the rolls at the bar--or worse, threw-up on them. Unfortunately, us lady-folks can't easily work around the no-TP issue. Always have a mini-pack of tissues with you---think of it is a lightweight insurance policy.
7. Don't try to be perfect. Humidity will ruin your hair, you'll get red lipstick on your teeth and someone will inevitably spill something on your nicest silk dress. You can either let these things ruin your night, or you can shrug it off. Shrugging it off (even if it's difficult) is really the only way to deal.
8. Don't get super drunk (or 'wastey-face' as my roommate refers to it.) Now is the time to be a responsible drinker, despite the stress of the season. "Super Drunk" just isn't a good look on anyone. Maybe skip the Long Islands and stick with beer and club soda.
9. If you DID get wastey-face, don't drive. Really. There are great non-taxi taxi services like Uber that can take you back home--and you don't need any cash with you! Just sign up beforehand and consider it done. All you have to do is send an alert saying where you are. If that's not an option, spend the night on your friend's couch--I promise no one will tell you 'no' if you say you're too drunk to drive.*
10. Spend most of your party time with people you want to be with, not people you 'have' to be with. I, like most adult-types, get limited days off to revel without a care. I also have somewhat limited energy. I actively choose to spend my time with good friends and family. Just because you've been invited to 6 parties next weekend does not mean you have to go to every single one. Chances are if you do that, you won't enjoy any of them. Skip the bar crawl with peripheral friends and stick to the kick back with your best buddies. Not only does it take the pressure off of you to perform (your friends know you too well to ever convince them that you're cool) but you'll just have more fun.
*If someone is at your party and tells you that they're too drunk to drive, believe them. Set them up on the couch, or the floor--wherever they have room to conk-out, but don't let them drive. Now is not the time to lecture them on personal responsibility. You can wait til they're sober for that. Just keep them from being a statistic.