Despite some claims that manners and etiquette don’t matter anymore, I am very thankful to be receiving a lot of positive feedback declaring that manners and etiquette still count! So, I continue on with another week of good conversation about what I’m glad to hear isn’t a dying tradition.
As we embark on another week of Thanksgiving Day countdown, we may enjoy more opportunities to capitalize on making the sought-after day a memorable one. First of all, we can sit back and take a deep breath, count our blessings and enjoy the life that we have before us. Then, on with the show!
Provide Menu Options: “John is lactose intolerant. Would it be okay with you if I brought a special potatoes dish for everyone to enjoy?” This is a perfectly acceptable and considerate gesture to make. It’s not nice to surprise the cook on turkey day.
Hostess etiquette suggests asking guests (when they accept an invitation) whether there are any special dietary needs to consider because it feels good to have everyone happy in our home and at our table. Likewise, good guests desire to help in any way possible, making sure the hosts enjoy the festivities as well!
Share the Guest List with Your Kids: If kids are prepared, they are more likely to greet guests cordially. Be sure to advise your immediate household that all guests are to be greeted at the door with big smiles, even if they are “regulars” at your home. Yes, this means peeling away from the football game and off the couch to meet and greet. Just imagine how delighted guests will be to know your family is glad they have arrived.
Delegate! If you are like most Americans, you are the chef, butler, maid, housekeeper and more. I’m confident if you ask kindly, most of your family and friends will be honored to help, and even insist you give them a job before you ask. I’ve learned the hard way that trying to “be all, do all” is just not realistic. Especially on Thanksgiving Day, when people say they want to help, most of them really do. Remember, you are supposed to have fun and enjoy your company.
What are your favorite tips for making Thanksgiving Day memorable and less stressful? Be sure to share your comments below. We’d love to hear from you!
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