The hullabaloo and general noise surrounding Christmas often makes it difficult for us to see the bigger picture. Feelings are easily hurt, stress levels are through the roof and alcohol is plentiful. I thought I would write a little five-point guide to a few things to bear in mind over Christmas week and beyond. Sometimes a little mindfulness and taking a step back to consider can make a huge difference to your outlook and enjoyment of proceedings. Here is my guide to Christmas Etiquette…
Treat Others As You Would Like To Be Treated
As somebody who has worked in both retail and service industries, I say this with a wealth of experience…If you are hitting the shops or bars this Christmas, please be kind. Working over Christmas in these sectors is a hard, hard slog. Unfortunately, I have been on the receiving end of rude and aggressive behaviour and for that person, it can really take the shine off the whole festive season. As we head into Christmas week, spare a thought for anyone who works long hours over Christmas – specifically bar and shop workers and anybody in the healthcare and emergency professions. Just because you are lucky enough to have time off it doesn’t entitle you to be mean to those who don’t. A simple smile, a please and thank you and a merry Christmas means the absolute world in what can often be pretty thankless jobs.
Don’t Post On Social Media Without Permission
If you want to document your Christmas on social media that is entirely your choice. However, if the pictures you share involve others then do make sure you ask permission before sharing, particularly where children are involved.
Do A Good Deed
As I was leaving the supermarket this morning a little girl in the queue behind me found she could only afford one of the two items she had brought to the till. Quick as a flash, the man behind her paid the difference. Such a small gesture and yet the smile on the little girl’s face was priceless. I’m sure it made the man in question feel rather good also. It doesn’t need to be a grand gesture but being mindful of simple things really can have the power to change someone’s day for the batter.
Say thank you. Bring a gift for your host and acknowledge the effort that others have put in. It might be as simple as admiring a beautifully wrapped gift or complimenting the Christmas decorations but a kind word at Christmas goes a long way.
Dress To Impress
Forget garlands of tinsel, light up jumpers and reindeer antlers, Christmas is a special day and therefore worthy of donning your ‘Sunday best’. Generally speaking, December is cold; we’re not talking party frocks here but rather simple elegance. A well-tailored pair of trousers, a cashmere sweater and some statement jewels are always a winner!
Do you have any Yuletide bugbears? What would you add to your own Christmas Etiquette list?
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