The holiday season is well under way, and hopefully all of you aren't too stressed out! I thought it would be helpful to point about a few etiquette rules, due to the mass amounts of gatherings and parties happening in the next two weeks. Treating everyone with respect and courtesy is vital year-round, but is especially important during this time of year. Here are Ms. Emily Post's top etiquette tips for invitees.
Tips for Guests:
- All hosts, family or not, love a suprise gift. Bring a present to show your appreciation for your host and their event.
- Be willing to pitch in. Instead of asking how you can help, take the initiative to volunteer to do a specific job like loading the dishwasher.
- If you offer to help and the host firmly declines, back off--some people really don't want guests in their kitchen.
- At family get-togethers, don't let nosy questions upset you. Deflect rudeness by changing the topic: "You're right, Uncle Jim, I was thinner last year. How 'bout those Steelers?"
- Traveling as a guest? Use this rule of thumb: Three nights is usually plenty. Spell out arrival and departure times well in advance so your host isn't left guessing.