Make it through the festive season without losing your head

If your calendar of December days, already crammed with a multitude of events and parties, makes you want to run for the eggnog, do not fear.

We've broken down a few different types of parties - some elegant and some irreverent - you could throw or attend this month and included pointers on how to make them less stressful and more awesome.

We've also got suggestions on what you should wear to these parties, where to find great local gifts for the host or hostess, and tips on when it's appropriate to bring a gift and how much you should spend.

Also, it's worth noting that only one impeccably dressed gingerbread man was decapitated during the shooting of our cover photo.

The rest of them we just blatantly devoured. Read on to avoid letting this holiday season do the same to you.