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It's Christmas time in the Queen City and your corporate office has decided to throw a party. But the holiday party isn't the time to act like you've lost your damned mind.

• Don't pass up the invitation to an office party; not attending could hurt your reputation. And when you attend, do spend at least 30 minutes at the party for appearances. But don't overstay your welcome by partying until the wee hours.

• Don't bring the party lampshade, gag gifts for the boss, or any other crazy stuff you might do at a personal holiday party.

• Don't flirt, and do avoid any other inappropriate behavior. The office party is not the time to end your career by doing something inappropriate or illegal.

• Don't pull the nightclub attire from your closet for the event -- and do ask whether the attire for the party is formal or casual. The party is still a business function, so conservative party clothes are a good choice.

• Pace your drinking -- or don't drink, period. Booze doesn't give you license to do anything that wouldn't be appropriate at the office between 9 and 5.

• Photos live on. Don't dance yourself into a sweaty mess or do anything else you'd cringe to relive in photo form.

• Can't trust yourself to get through the party without a misstep? Don't go.

Sources: www.quintcareers.com and www.cnn.com

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