The holidays are all about spending time with family, helping the less fortunate, spreading good cheer, and worshiping according to your faith. Unfortunately, they’re also a time when people make mistakes that are difficult, and sometimes impossible, to fix later. Whether you’re enjoying an office holiday party or getting together with friends and loved ones, you want to avoid damaging your reputation, becoming the butt of a joke, or hurting someone’s feelings.

Go to for advice. The small amount of time you’ll spend planning will have a big payoff because you won’t have to apologize for bad behavior.