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The Slice: ’Tizzzzzzzz almost the season to party

Yes, it’s about that time again.

Time once more to begin falling asleep at holiday social gatherings.

Never done that? Well, give it a few years. You might.

Now it used to be that there was a stigma attached to dozing off at a festive assemblage. It was thought that maybe this indicated you lacked the appropriate convivial spirit or perhaps were, how to put this, old.

I’d like to think that now we have a more enlightened attitude about social snoozing. There are, after all, several reasons a tired holiday party-goer might nod off during the festivities.

1. Too much food. (Makes you drowsy.) 2. Too much drink. (Makes you sleepy.) 3. “Is it me or is it hot in here?” (It’s not just you.) 4. You’ve seen it all and heard it all before. (Zzzzzzz.)

Oh sure, there are still those who believe falling asleep at a party is a sure sign you are not happening, not edgy. Not something.

But the truth is it might just suggest the snoozer is relaxed, secure and not trying to impress anyone. Which can be refreshing.

Someone who has fallen asleep by the punch bowl is not going to say something inappropriate or hit on your spouse.

Admittedly, a holiday party can’t really be deemed a success if everyone falls asleep. But if one or two attendees catch a few winks, what’s the harm?

It could be argued that conking out over by the hors d’oeuvres actually contributes to the spirit of the occasion. The presence of a snoring partyer helps everyone else feel good about themselves and generally lifts the mood of the soiree.

What’s more, someone who has fallen asleep can be the source of gentle amusement.

How many coats can you stack on the slumbering individual’s lap?

Or “I’m holding a sprig of mistletoe above our sleeping friend here … who wants to go first?”

Of course, no one accepts an invitation to a holiday gathering with the thought that the party would be a good place to take a nap. The idea is to meet old friends and make new ones.

But if you do happen to get a little shut-eye, don’t worry. When finally you rouse yourself, you can simply ask “What did I miss?”

Sometimes the replay, accompanied by commentary, is more entertaining than the original.

Today’s Slice question: If you were starting a band and wanted to give it a locally flavored name, what would you call it?

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