Can I skip my Company Christmas party?

I've been with the Company for over a year now and they decided to have their first Christmas party mid-December. My boyfriend will be out of town visting his parents, so I won't have a date and I don't even want to go. Don't get me wrong, I like my co-workers, I just do want to party with them or... show more I've been with the Company for over a year now and they decided to have their first Christmas party mid-December. My boyfriend will be out of town visting his parents, so I won't have a date and I don't even want to go. Don't get me wrong, I like my co-workers, I just do want to party with them or be around them when I don't have to (I hope that doesn't sound bitchy) Also, I have a large family and December is a VERY busy month with people coming and going out of town, I might have one of my cousins in town that weekend. What's the best way to handle this?
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