Did your family throw a holiday party each year? Do you remember attending any holiday parties?
No, we didn't have Christmas Parties that I remember when I was growing up. However, for a number of years my husband and I held a pre-Christmas drinks party. We would invite all the local friends that we had perhaps not seen very often during the year.
For the past couple of years I have not felt well enough to worry about hosting a party, but last year I decided we would give it a go. I sent out invitations early November, for a party in the first week of December, thinking that would get in before most other Christmas Parties. Wrong! Most of the people we invited were unable to come due to prior commitments. Then, of those who did respond in the affirmative, one couple got held up at a grandchild's dance concert on the day and didn't make it, and another couple had a funeral to attend on the day. So this year I decided we weren't going to try to compete with all the other end of year festivities that people seem to be drawn into. I did think of having pre-Christmas in July drinks, but July came and went too quickly for me to do anything but think about it.
Also in recent years there has always been a work Christmas break-up function to attend. These are usually great fun, and often involve a Kris Kringle of one sort or another.