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November 16, 2017

Be a Gracious Guest

yesterday. Today, let's go over a little bit of etiquette. First things first, do not show up empty handed if you're over the age of 22. If you're in high school or home from college, you get a pass on this one. Anyone out of college and living on their own should have the good graces to bring something. Anything will do. You can buy it. You don't have to make it from scratch. 
But by all means, bring something. Secondly, if you're going to a friendly gathering, a distant relative's house, or trying to make a great first impression on your significant other's family, bring a hostess gift. This should be a given, but it is so commonly overlooked. Pick up a pretty bouquet of fresh flowers, grab a candle at a local gift shop, or pick out a nice bottle of wine. But, again, don't show up without something for the host(s). 
Lastly, the things that should be unspoken but we might need a  friendly reminder of as we enter into the holiday season: don't be that guest that's over served. Take it slow. Thanksgiving especially is a long day. You have to make it to dinner time. Don't be on your phone the whole time. Be present. And most importantly, be comfortable! When you wear something that you're not comfortable in you will most likely be fidgety the entire time. 
You got this!

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