Monday December 9, 2013
I have to admit that I don't get the current response of, "No Problem," when I thank someone. Where did that come from? I can understand if I said, "I hope it wasn't too much trouble." But when I say, "Thank you," I expect a more gracious, "You're welcome," or, "My pleasure." For a short list of mannerly expressions, read Polite Words and Phrases.
Sunday December 8, 2013
Holiday behavior can be a sticky subject. Some people see it as a time for reflection and turning to their faith for celebration, while others view it as a time to eat, drink, and be merry - emphasis on drinking. A sip or two of your favorite beverage shouldn't be a problem, but the key is to know when to stop. Other issues you may face during the holidays include being too busy, having to stand in long lines at the store, and frantic children who are caught up in the holiday frenzy.
I've been to a few office parties where someone had one too many and made a fool of himself. It's bad enough that his coworkers witnessed his acting out, but the management also saw it. If he ever had hope for a promotion, it was dashed by that one incident of indiscriminate behavior.
Most of the time I stay away from stores on Black Friday, but this year was an exception. One of my daughters wanted to go to a couple of places to take advantage of the great sales, so I went with her. We witnessed not only frantic customers, we saw store personnel who needed a break - and that was just in the first hour of the store opening. I shudder to think about how they were at the end of the very long day.
Take a little time to relax during the season and read a few tips on how to keep your cool:
Saturday December 7, 2013
Some of my fondest memories from college involve having fun with my roommates. We used to do everything from play air guitar and lip sync our favorite music to running turtle races in the hallway of the dormitory. There were also some difficult times due to misunderstandings about expectations, personal space, and borrowing each other's clothes. If you are blessed to have a roommate you'd like to stay with, read the 12 Rules of Roommate Etiquette.
Friday December 6, 2013
Most children think of the holiday season as one of receiving gifts. As they grow older, wiser, and more mature, we hope that they see it as more of an opportunity to give. Children can be taught at a very early age that the act of giving can be just as rewarding as ripping into something that someone has given them.
I enjoy both giving and receiving because both acts provide opportunities to spend time with family and friends. It's fun to see someone's face as they unwrap something they didn't expect. When I open my gift, I enjoy the other person's eager anticipation about whether or not I'll like my gift.
Here are some tips on the etiquette of giving and receiving gifts: