Top 5 Holiday Etiquette Tips
Refresh yourself (and your kids) with the etiquette of the holiday season.
The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time for buying gifts, entertaining, visiting family and trying to teach our children that the holidays are not just about getting stuff! Below are some of my top tips for this time of year.
1. Wrangle Your Kids
While the holidays are fun times, there are also times when kids need to have nice manners. Help your kids do these things to show their respect and appreciation:
- Write thank-you notes for gifts received.
- Help out with the shopping, decorating and cooking for the holidays.
- Make homemade gifts for family members.
- Have nice table manners when at other’s homes for holiday meals/parties.
- Do something personally for a charity or for someone in need.
2. Don’t Give Your Boss a Massage
- While it’s very nice to give your boss or colleagues a gift for the holidays, make sure that it is not too personal in nature, or too expensive, which might say that you are either trying to show off or are sucking up.
- For clients or customers, find out their human resources policies about accepting gifts or give something that can be enjoyed by their whole office like a basket of sweets.
3. Be a Nice Party-Goer
- R.S.V.P. to invitations immediately and if you say you’ll attend then don’t cancel at the last minute. If you want to invite others ask the host ahead of time.
- Bring a gift for the host/hostess of the party such as a bottle of wine or liquor, or a fun household item. Avoid homemade items or anything too personal.
4. Don’t Give Cookies to Your Housekeeper
Service people in your life, such as your hairdresser, house cleaners, kids’ bus driver and garbage collector, appreciate an extra tip during the holidays. Cash or a gift card is always preferable. If you cannot afford to buy something for everyone, prioritize based on their relationship to you and how much they might need the tip. This tipping guide can help you decide on how much to give.
5. Be a Good Guest
When visiting other’s homes over the holidays, be sure that you are a polite guest and one they will want to have return. Do things like make your bed and tidy up your room, pick up after yourself around the house, and offer to help out with the cooking and cleaning. Even bring extra food/alcohol with you when you come!