This time of year. . . If you attend annual holiday parties, you’ll see familiar faces, but not necessarily recognize names to go with the faces. You can always admit you don’t remember a name and laugh about it. Offering your own name may be enough. “Hi. I’m So and So.” Hold your breath and wait for a response. If nothing comes, just keep talking about the appetizers, the weather, your latest favorite book. Or excuse yourself to go to the rest room. If the person catches up with you later, you can start all over: talk about the latest appetizers you tried, laugh and admit you don’t remember her name again. No one uses name tags anymore. They fall off or they stick to your favorite sweater and take off the fuzzy finish.My partner and I have a game we play. If we don’t know a name, we just carry on a conversation with each other and ignore the other person. Somehow that seems to work. And you know they are just as uncomfortable as you are. How important is it to recognize everyone in the room? The plan is to move from groups of people, from appetizers, from the drinks table, and head on to the next party of unknowns. Or you can resolve not to accept invitations and sit out holiday parties. If you get lonely enough this year, you’ll put up with the name game next year.