How to Be a Good Guest (or Host) at Christmas: Dos and Don'ts

How to Be a Good Guest (or Host) at Christmas: Dos and Don'ts

Christmas is a time of joy and celebration, but it's also a time when many people let their guard down and forget about some of the basic rules of etiquette. To make sure you don't inadvertently offend anyone or make a social blunder, here are some dos and don'ts to keep in mind during the holiday season.


  • Send out holiday cards or emails to friends, family, and colleagues. It's a nice way to stay in touch and spread some cheer.

  • Be generous with your time and resources. If someone needs help with something, offer to lend a hand.

  • Dress appropriately for holiday events. This means dressing up a little more than you normally would for work or other occasions.

  • Be mindful of other people's traditions and beliefs. Not everyone celebrates Christmas in the same way, so try to be respectful of others' customs and beliefs.


  • Overdo it on the alcohol. It's easy to get carried away at holiday parties, but remember to drink responsibly and not to overindulge.

  • Forget to say thank you. Whether it's for a gift, an invitation, or a kind gesture, make sure to express your gratitude.

  • Be a Grinch. Nobody likes a party-pooper, so try to keep a positive attitude and spread some joy, even if you're not feeling it yourself.

  • Be rude to service staff. Remember that the people who are serving you at restaurants, stores, and other businesses are working hard to make your holiday experience enjoyable. Treat them with respect and kindness.

By following these dos and don'ts, you can help make the holiday season a time of joy and cheer for everyone.

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