Virtual holiday parties: Potential disasters but also learning experiences

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Santa Claus, right, and Mrs. Claus, aka Corey and Holly Anderson, participate in a Zoom video from Santa's makeshift office-turned-studio at the Eugene Family YMCA. Photo by Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via Imagn Content Services, LLC/Reuters.

The COVID-19 pandemic presented many challenges in 2020, perhaps the least of which (and the last of which) is what to do about the holiday party. History shows that holiday parties — and particularly company holiday parties — are already fraught with the perils of drunken embarrassment and potential harassment suits. What changes as the whole production moves to Zoom? Will people learn anything that improves future get-togethers?