He wasn’t there this year. He’s only been at like a third to a half of the Christmas parties I’ve been to. But he picked the right year to skip— it was super dead and weird. And the Yankee Swap gifts were the worst ever. Four or five people chose to regift shitty gifts they’d gotten in the swap years prior. Bryant came out with a horrifying glass Elvis commemorative ornament (that he left behind) and I got onion chopping goggles. The worst.
It’s not like it’s supposed to be a wacky, screw everyone over Yankee Swap. About half of the people choose to interpret it that way, and the other half feels screwed over when they get a glasses stand or something when they put in a book/movie/kitchen item/something you don’t have to throw away.
Anyway, Bry and I felt compelled to go to keep face at the company, since we haven’t even been gone a year. But it’s probably the last year we’ll go. On the bright side, we might go out to trivia sometime with one of the few people from work that we actually really liked.