Etiquette Guide to Christmas

Posted on Dec 11 2019 - 9:00am by Samantha Clark
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Christmas is all about traditions and traditions and etiquette often go hand-in-hand. We’ve compiled a short guide of things to mindful of this Christmas to help to ensure that all is merry and bright.

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Whether that’s contributing to the cost of Christmas, helping to cook the dinner and/or clean up afterwards and/or bringing your own contributions for the feast; Christmas is an expensive day to host and there’s an awful lot of clean up involved.  As adults, you’ve no excuse not to chip in and help out one way or another.

House rules

When it comes to gift opening, it’s only polite to follow the traditions for the house your visiting. If you usually open yours in a whirlwind of paper, but the in-laws open theirs with a focus on each other and even spread it out, you’re going to have to adjust.

Say thank you for your gifts

Where possible, it’s still best to send a handwritten note to say thank you for your gifts, but everyone is appreciative that it isn’t always possible. Just be sure to say thank you in whatever way you can.

Don’t gloat on social media

As tempting as it is to show off what you and your families were lucky enough to get this Christmas, just remember that isn’t what Christmas is about. The things we receive are what we should be privately grateful for. Instead, post a picture of your family toasting the meal, playing a board game or even sat watching a film along with your wishes and thanks for a wonderful Christmas.

Sweet treat rules

You may be the fun, cool, aunt, grandma or pop-pop but there’s a time and place for sweet treats, especially at Christmas. Be sure you seek consent from the parents before giving any sweet items to little ones and always be sure it won’t mess with their dinner. If gifting sweets or selection boxes, advise it is not to be eaten now but a treat for another day.

Don’t forget a thank you gift for your hosts

Whatever function you’re attending this Christmas, be sure to take a gift to thank your hosts and hostesses. If you’re going for dinner, a bottle of something, some luxury biscuits or chocolates would make a great gift. If you’re going to be staying with your hosts for a while, you’ll need something a little more substantial like a hamper.

Re-gifting and donating

Not everything you receive suits or fits you; maybe you just don’t like it and have no place for it. If you’re re-gifting something, be sure it isn’t something personalised for you. This could be a sure way of getting caught out and will really hurt the givers feelings. Additionally, if you are looking to donate it, don’t donate it to a cause or charity your giver frequents unless its generic enough. There’s no need to cause hurt feelings.

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