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How to Win Your Holiday Office Party, According to an Etiquette Expert

Celebrate the season without seeming unprofessional.

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Please drink responsibly

Limit yourself to two drinks so you don’t let your guard down too much. “Alcohol and a loose tongue definitely add up to a regretful Monday morning situation,” says Schweitzer. If you do want to indulge, start with a glass of water with lime, then keep alternating alcoholic drinks with H2O.

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Say goodbye to the host

Plan to head out about 15 or 30 minutes before the end of the party so you don’t hold things up. Before you step out the door, thank the host for something specific you loved about the party, whether it’s the décor, catering, or music. “Limit that conversation to five minutes or less, then make a graceful exit,” says Schweitzer. “You don’t want a long, drawn-out goodbye.” Read on for more guidelines for tricky etiquette scenarios during the holiday season.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest