>It’s that time of year again folks – the dreaded time when office Christmas parties are planned…

I like Christmas, but I hate Christmas parties. All that forced bonhomie and silliness and then the terrible hangover afterwards. I’m no Ebeneezer Scrooge, and I have no problem with people having their “fun”, just include me out if you don’t mind. And please, PLEASE, do not get all huffy with me if I decide that I don’t want to “do” Christmas. It’s a free country and I have the right to opt-out if I choose. Don’t make my life a misery by forcing me to do something which I don’t want to do and which I am not obliged to do. OK?