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Anyone find going to your spouses holiday party is akward? We went to one this weekend for my husband and it was weird. A lot of the wives don't know each other (it's all men at his department, he's in civil service) so we got stuck making small talk. Overall we survived, but I'd rather the men just go out for drinks one night (which I suggested to my husband.) Thankfully we don't go to a lot of events with these folks but then on the other side I don't get to know them. Any tips for surviving the party if you're not the employee who knows everyone?
I do get this is something all married couples go through, I just wish it didn't have to be so awkward. He hopes to stay at this job for the rest of his career, so I know I"ll see these people again and it would be nice to have something to talk about instead of how many pets do you have and can you believe the weather?. I don't have a lot in common with the wives as I don't have kids, nor do I want kids. We don't live in the town where he works and I'm not from the state. A lot of these people grew up in the town and stayed there when they got the job so it's a "what HS did you go too?" "What street did you grow up on, do you know so and so?" I also feel like a pain having to hang on my husband because I don't want to to stand around by myself, at least he knows people.