Rules of EtiKate: Holiday Etiquette

Rules of EtiKate: Holiday Etiquette

Last month’s etiquette article focused on tips to get you through holiday shopping and git giving with grace and poise. With the holidays in full swing now, here are some etiquette tips to help you navigate the festivities that await you in a way that is fitting of a duchess.

 

 

 

 

Attending the holiday office party

It’s that time of year again: holiday office party time. Whether you love them or hate them, there are a couple of tips that can help you survive them. If you can bring a spouse or significant other, do bring them along but do not leave them alone at the party. Include them in your conversations with coworkers and colleagues. Be prepared to make small talk and think of a couple of topics you can bring out. Also, know your alcohol limits. It is obviously perfectly acceptable to drink at these kinds of events, but remember that your boss is still there and you should be able to handle yourself and your alcohol with grace. Have fun and dance the night away!

Maneuvering the post office

If you haven’t already mailed out all of your holiday packages, do it as soon as possible. The post office gets increasingly busy as December 25 approaches. Be prepared when you go to wait in line and be patient. Treat postal workers with kindness as they have been dealing with customers all day. Thank them for their hard work and help in getting your packages to their destinations.

 

 

 

 

Travel with patience

The holidays are obviously a busy travel time. Airports will have long lines and full flights. Just like with the post office, be prepared for lines and delays and treat airline employees with respect and kindness. If your flight is delayed, do not take it out on them, as it is not their fault. A kind and friendly demeanor while traveling will speak volumes.

Accept food and gifts graciously

If you are hosting a dinner or holiday party at your house this season, chances are someone will bring a dish that looks less than appetizing to you. Smile and thank them for their thoughtfulness and be sure to serve it right along the food you prepared. The same goes for those gifts you receive that you could truly do without. Be gracious and genuinely thank them for the thought they put into the gift.

 

 

 

Send thank-you notes promptly

This one probably seems obvious but it is always a good reminder.  Write notes for hosts who welcomed you into their homes and for anyone who gave you a gift. If you have time, get them sent out before the new year, as this will demonstrate consideration and promptness.

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