Brushing Up On Our Manners

We all love getting presents and are indeed thankful to those who gave them to us. Even if the present wasn’t what we would have chosen for ourselves, for the thought behind the gift we are sincerely thankful. Many of us however, procrastinate terribly when it is time to write notes expressing our gratitude. Perhaps if we explore some ways to make writing thank you notes easier and more fun for children and adults we will be better at writing them.

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The purpose of giving gifts is to bring joy to both the giver and the receiver. However, if gift-giving goes amiss, there is a risk of creating an unpleasant situation for both. As a rule we’ve got the giving part down pat. We shop for months, or at least days, choosing gifts for our friends and loved ones. We wrap them in pretty packages and top them with bows and tags to be presented on Christmas morning. With great anticipation and excitement we watch as the gifts we’ve chosen so carefully are opened. Yes, we are good givers. But are we good receivers of gifts?

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Entertaining during the Christmas season is something many enjoy. But for some of us, the mere thought of hosting a party is enough to create fright, while even being the guest at a holiday celebration causes others to be uneasy. No matter which side of the party fence you are on, here are some tips that could prove to make holiday soirées less daunting.

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If each of us painted a picture of our perfect Christmas Eve, many of our paintings would look surprisingly similar. Our family and friends would have happy faces and healthy minds and bodies; the warmth of home and the love abiding there would be visible. Presents would be under the tree wrapped with festive paper, bows and tags fastened to each, as the clock on the wall tells the day is still young. Everything would be in its place – the house clean, the fire in the fireplace glowing, and the stockings “hung by the chimney with care.”

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You’re in line at the grocery store and the person behind you, while placing their items on the conveyor belt, starts talking out loud. You turn, knowing they must be talking to you given the fact that no one else is around them only to see the Bluetooth device they are wearing on their ear. The first time I saw a man walking into a store with one of these devices I thought for sure he was a member of the Secret Service. We are, indeed, a society “plugged in” at all times.

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