I have been arguing all morning with my aunt and uncle about why I will not be going to a Christmas party my work place is hosting. They say that I must be more sociable with people in my life (Which I agree with). They also say that if I do not show up I'm literally spitting in my employers faces and saying I'm only in it for the money (Which I don't agree with). I can understand if it is a important employee meeting or an important shift that I must show up to. I had also been told too late about the Christmas party which resulted in me scheduling things over all of that time. I understand the world does not revolve around me and I will have to bend backwards for people at times, but a Christmas party? Really?
What is your opinion of this and how have you handled these things?