Whether it’s Thanksgiving turkey-sharing or Christmastime eggnog drinking, table manners are a must. Without them, a friendly gathering of family and friends can quickly turn into screaming matches and flying utensils. Feast your eyes on a step-by-step guide to keeping the holiday spirit alive and well.
Care To Share?
Dinnertime is best when everyone’s engaged in active conversation. Use the holidays to update loved ones on how interesting (or not) your chemistry class is or how cute (or not) this boy is in said chemistry class. People bond over a good meal and good ol’ fashioned story telling.
Save The Sass
It’s something about the holidays which makes unnecessary comments so much more harmful. And there’s nothing like rudeness to squeeze out the holiday cheer. Be thankful for the food you’ll be blessed with, the family—big or small—who loves you, and it should keep the arguments at bay.
Thank you, Facebook, for putting too much value on photos. The thought of uploading your favorite picture of you and grandma will encourage more picture snapping! Photographs are fantastic keepsakes when you’re missing a loved one, and it gives someone (likely Mom) something to scrapbook or frame.
A well-dressed woman turns heads and—in the holiday spirit, of course!—makes gatherings less dramatic. Keep your sense of style, but if it must be refined, at least do it around this time of year. This way, gossipy relatives won’t have anything to talk about.
Test Those Taste Buds
As you may have learned from living with roommates, being open to new experiences is essential. When it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, try flavors and a little bit of anything you haven’t dabbled in before. If your Aunt cooked up a peculiar looking crumb cake, initially try only a small portion. If it’s less than tasty, there will be nothing left to throw away, which would leave your aunt embarrassed. Unless it’s slimy looking…then you have our permission to step away.