Holiday Do’s and Don’ts

The stockings were hung by the fire with care…in hopes that some etiquette soon would be there! Here are a few simple do’s and don’ts to keep your holidays classy and carefree.

DO: Keep extra gift wrap on hand. Whether it’s a last minute sweater for your cousin’s new girlfriend or a pretty poinsettia for a Christmas party host, it’s always a good idea to stash away some extra wrapping paper, tissue paper, gifts bags, ribbon, and scotch tape this time of year. It’s not necessary, but if you don’t, I guarantee somebody’s gonna end up having to run to Wal-greens at 11pm!

DON’T: Go overboard. Rather than buying excessive amounts of presents this year, choose a few truly meaningful items for your friends and family. Focus on quality, not quantity.

DO: Bring a goodie. Whether you’ve been invited to a friend’s Christmas party or a New Year’s Eve bash, bring something thoughtful for the host. Bake a batch of cookies, wrap up a bottle of sparkling juice, or give a blooming plant to brighten up the soiree.

DON’T: Wear it “just because it’s Christmas.” If you have a certain sweater, skirt or (dare I say it?) headband that you tend to wear on “special occasions,” stop. Don’t break out ugly items just because it’s Christmas! The holidays are not a license to sport every sequined, tacky, and short ensemble in your closet…and don’t even get me started on Santa costumes. You don’t have to do red-and-green to be merry; keep it classy and festive with colors like silver, gold, black, and purple.

DO: Be nice. This is a difficult time of year for waiters, retail employees, valets, etc. Folks are out and about in droves, and many times, without any patience. Mentally prepare yourself ahead of time for long lines and wait times, and try to enjoy yourself. Tip your waiter extra and be considerate to fellow shoppers – they will appreciate the genuine holiday cheer!