A Third of All Employees Will Probably Embarrass Themselves at the Office Holiday Party

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You might want to rethink that third cup of spiked punch at this year's holiday office party. That’s because the odds of embarrassing yourself and saying something you can’t take back are about one in three, according to a new survey spotted by the New York Post.

OnePoll and social planning website Evite surveyed 2000 office employees about previous work-sponsored parties they’ve attended, and not all of them had fond memories (or any clear memories at all, for that matter). One-third said they did something they regretted, while two-fifths had been privy to some sort of office drama.

Be warned: Free booze coupled with a celebratory atmosphere can lead to a bad case of loose lips, which makes for some awkward encounters at work the next day. The average office worker hears seven new pieces of gossip about other employees while attending a holiday party, many of which are fueled by office romance rumors. Some of them, of course, end up being true. Of the survey respondents, 37 percent said they had witnessed two coworkers getting affectionate at a holiday party.

According to the survey, Friday is everyone’s favorite day to attend an office party—and for good reason. In cases where holiday parties were held on a weekday, 35 percent of respondents showed up late for work the next day, and another 17 percent took the day off. Of those who came late, suffering from a hangover was the top explanation given, followed by sleeping through an alarm.

And in case you needed another good reason to keep your wits about you at an office party: there will probably be lots of flashing cameras (expect to participate in six group photos, on average).

“One thing you can always look forward to the next morning is seeing those moments caught on camera from the night before,” Julian Clark of Evite said. “But as the results tell us, sometimes the party can slightly get out of hand.”

[h/t New York Post]

This Is How Much the Average American Will Spend on Christmas This Year

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The average American will spend $633 on Christmas this year, according to a new poll by LendEDU, an online marketplace for financial products. That’s enough money to buy two 43-inch televisions, an Alaskan cruise, or roughly 250 tacos.

For LendEDU’s poll, 1000 adults who celebrate Christmas were asked how much they expect to spend this year on decorations, gifts, travel, and other holiday-related expenses. Unsurprisingly, your dearest friends and family place the greatest strain on your wallet, with gifts accounting for 54 percent of overall spending, or around $342. Travel is the second-largest expense, accounting for $133 of the total budget. Other holiday expenses cost $89, while decorations are expected to set the average family back $70.

While this may seem like a lot of money to throw away on a holiday, it represents a $75 drop in spending from last Christmas, according to LendEDU’s figures. Still, 22 percent of poll respondents said they expect to go into debt as a result of their Christmas spending. On average, those Americans said they anticipate being $554 in the red this year.

One of the more surprising findings is that families are still doing much of their Christmas shopping in brick and mortar outlets. Of the poll respondents, 51 percent said they planned to buy most of their gifts at a store, while 46 percent said they would do their shopping online. Two percent said they were making their own presents, while one percent still relied on good old-fashioned catalogs.

There are ways to cut back on Christmas spending, but it will require some careful deliberations. If you still need to do some last-minute shopping but don’t want to break the bank this Christmas, check out these 11 gifts that cost $10-$25.

Harry Potter Fans Can Have Dinner at Hogwarts This Christmas

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Fans who have ever dreamed of a Hogwarts Christmas now simply need to make their way to London to experience it. Through January 27, 2019, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is hosting a festive "Hogwarts in the Snow" event, where visitors can recreate some of the Wizarding World's most memorable moments.

According to the Warner Bros. Studio website:

"The festive transformation will begin in the Great Hall, where the stage will again be decorated as it was for the iconic Yule Ball. As seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the celebration of the Triwizard Tournament saw every detail of the Great Hall covered in shimmering silver, dripping icicles and sparkling snow. You will get a taste of this incredible set dress as the top section of the Great Hall will be transformed with snow-covered Christmas trees, icicles, and an orchestra of magical instruments that have been painted by the Prop-Making Department to match the silver of the Yule Ball."

Though it may not be exactly like attending the Yule Ball that was thrown at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with Harry and the gang, the studio's epic holiday party will make it feel pretty close. An orchestra will play as attendees feast on a grand two-course dinner in the Great Hall and drink Butterbeer, and you'll gain exclusive entry to the Studio Tour.

After dinner, dessert and drinks will be served as guests travel through the sets from the Harry Potter film series, including the Gryffindor common room, Diagon Alley and Platform 9 ¾.

Though The Weird Sisters will not be in attendance, we can pretty much guarantee you'll have a better night than Harry, Hermione, and Ron did at the Yule Ball.

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