Did your family throw a holiday party each year?
Yes, every Christmas Eve some of our aunts, uncles and family friends would drop by for a few hours. I remember dad stocking the bar with "refreshments" and plenty of ice. My sister, brother and I had to keep a low profile. We got to come out and meet everyone then had to stay in the back of the house so the grown-ups could "socialize." It was definitely an adult party.
When I was single I'd go to our office holiday party. The women would buy a new dress, shoes and maybe a purse to match. Get our hair and make-up just right. There would be a sit-down dinner and some kind of entertainment. It was always a party to look forward to each year.