For those of you unfamiliar with how xmas parties in the government sector, let me explain how it works. The average young government worker will attend 3 xmas parties:
The departmental xmas party (where you get to watch co-workers sniff around ministers and senior management, but also see their personal assistants break loose and perform drunken cartwheels);
The section xmas party (of which the highlight is usually the ‘secret santa’ ritual where the meek end up unwrapping something large, purple and vibrating in front of their colleagues);
And finally, the ‘cool group’ party (where you and your ‘cool’ colleagues sneak off for a party and end up downing more schooners, shooters and bourbon chasers than you thought was humanly possible – then you go home, lie down and the room spins for the next hour).