Rather than a Christmas party, each year my work hosts the Dinner Dance. It's a gala affair to present the company's profit sharing donation and recognize all the "milestone" anniversaries (5, 10, 15, 20, 25 years, etc. - we've even had a few (very few) 40 year anniversaries). Todd was being recognized for his 10 year anniversary, so there's no way we were missing this shindig! It's a free dinner followed by a band for dancing, and a chance to socialize with coworkers that you may not see very often. In my circle, we call it Prom - everyone puts on fancy duds, you get pictures taken, dinner and dancing... you get the drift.