Give Thanks With These Holiday Etiquette Tips

November 19, 2011  |  
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We all want to have a good time – and good food – on Thanksgiving, right? Of course, so in honor of the upcoming holiday, here are some rules to live by…or kick the offenders out!

Bring something with you

Showing up to dinner, even if you’re only there for dessert, requires you to bring something. Don’t you walk up in someone’s house and not even have a soda with you. That is tacky and will get you talked about. Please don’t let ME be the one to catch you.

The Tupperware Game

In most cases, you’re allowed to take a plate home. But do bring your own because nine times out of 10, if you use the hosts’ Tupperware, they’ll never see it again. So either come prepared or make sure to use a paper plate. Oh…and do NOT fix your to go plate before everyone has had their sit around and eat plate. Come on now…

The Truth Serum

If you’re going to be drinking and know you can’t hold your tongue, please don’t get wasted. Why not? Because you’ll probably be telling some family business that only certain people should know or you’ll be telling someone you can’t stand them – both things you’d likely keep to yourself if you were sober.  Also, there will likely be friends of the family and people who never met the family so you don’t want to be reckless. Remember: Loose lips sink ships

Get Your Own Ride

Unless it is really early, no one wants to pick up the out-of-town guests from the airport and chauffeur them around.  Similarly, no one wants to chauffeur in town guests. Figure out your own transportation

Get a room

Speaking of out-of-town guests…no one wants you in their house!! People need to stop assuming that just because we’re all happy to see you that we want you in our houses for the entire holiday weekend. That is not the case. So unless someone offers their place, you should assume that you need to book a hotel room the same time you’re reserving a rental car.

Respect your elders

At almost any holiday gathering, our elders – bless their hearts – are usually seated at the end of the couch or in “their” seat. They speak slowly and they always have a story to tell…you better sit there and listen. Don’t let their age fool you: get up if you want to and see if Nana doesn’t stop you from getting too far away.

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