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Wednesday Buzz: The Holiday Party Is Making a Comeback

After years of low-key holiday seasons, many organizations are starting to hold parties again—and they're spending more money on the festivities than they once did.

Corporate America is finally starting to loosen up a bit and apparently is ready to have a little holiday fun.

That’s according to new research from the outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas, which found that 80 percent of surveyed companies were planning to host a holiday party this year, and 21 percent of those who responded said they would spend more than they did last year.

The parties might be a little more fun as well—the survey found that 42 percent would allow spouses or family members to attend (an increase from 31 percent last year) and that more companies would serve alcohol (nearly 62 percent, compared with 54 percent last year).

The researchers note that the increase in party spending might be a result of rising corporate profits in recent years.

“Our survey suggests that employers are ready to spend some of those profits on their workers,” John Challenger, the CEO of the firm, told CBS Moneywatch.

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Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is the social media journalist for Associations Now, a former newspaper guy, and a man who is dangerous when armed with a good pun. MORE

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