I bet you still have parties, dinners, drinks and drop-bys on your holiday social calendar. Whether it’s a company-sponsored event, a colleague-hosted gathering, or a party with family and friends, put your best foot forward.

Steer clear of “too many” and “too much.” Too many bad jokes. Too much heated political debate. Too many misplaced or insensitive remarks. Too much attention showered on one person, and too many cocktails.

Live it up! Enjoy the festivities! And stay in full charge of your mental and emotional faculties. Make the wise decision to avoid the seemingly fun and festive that ultimately becomes career limiting, or a thoughtless act that exacerbates hurt and tension in important relationships.

In the personal and professional realms of your life, say and do only that which demonstrates respect for yourself and others, and adds festive joy to the events you attend.