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Shy Girl's Guide To Christmas Parties
Here's your cheat sheet to all the holiday festivities!
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It's the time of the year again—the time of jingles, good food, and all sorts of merriment including *gasp* social events! Perhaps for you, Christmas, being the season of love and good cheer, is something you both love and hate. With social gatherings left and right, just the whole thought of it gives you anxiety. But fear not, Shy Girl, don't let that drain you of your Christmas spirit with these few tips we've prepared for you.

The social scenario:
Your tita you haven't seen since last year's Noche Buena goes up to you and says, "dalaga ka na. You grew up to be so pretty!"

What to do:
Never mind that she says this to you every year. Hold back the sarcasm and just smile politely and say thank you! Because really, why shouldn't you?

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The social scenario:
Getting introduced to cousins you have absolutely no memory of and being forced to actually interact with them.

What to do:
Talk to them. They're your cousins, which makes them family. Who knows, they might be just as shy as you are. Don't hesitate to introduce yourself first and start a conversation. You can always start with the basic questions such as, "Where do you study again?" and start from there.

Shy Girl's Guide to Christmas Parties
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The social scenario:
The dreaded "do you have a boyfriend?" questions

What to do:
Say yes if you do and if you're open about it (and prepare for follow-up questions) and no if you don't. Odds are, they'll follow it up with "why not?" Just say you're focusing on your studies and you will easily be the favorite niece!

Shy Girl's Guide to Christmas Parties
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The social scenario:
Buffet time! Will everyone notice if you go for round two?

What to do:
Go for round two. Honestly, take the buffet to your advantage and just enjoy the food. So what if they notice? It's food. Food is always a good idea. They'll understand. Even JLaw supports you.

Shy Girl's Guide to Christmas Parties
via giphy.com

The social scenario:
Christmas party games

What to do:
Participate. Join a harmless Trip to Jerusalem and you just might find yourself enjoying it. After all, what is Christmas for without the spirit of fun?

Shy Girl's Guide to Christmas Parties
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Cidee Despi
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She is a liberal arts student by weekdays and a fanatic of everything art every day. Her hobbies include getting emotional over really good mixtapes and spoken word poetry.
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