As the 2015 holiday season shifts into high gear, now is a good time to review the core strategies you need for ensuring that you and those around you create only good memories this year. Even if you have never studied etiquette, this summary will equip you will the timeless essentials.
The logic of these skills flows from two simple but profound principles.
First, an invitation is an amazingly generous gift from the host, the gift of the privilege of entering their precious sanctuary, their private domain. Guests should demonstrate that they appreciate the magnitude of this gift, and not accept the invitation lightly. Accepting an invitation is your acknowledgement of the host’ hope and trust, or risky leap of faith, that you will be a positive addition to their beloved home, their sacred space, and that your behavior will validate the host’ decision to invest their energy and resources in you.
Second, attending a house party, like every other human interaction, calls for the Golden Rule. Being just as considerate toward our fellowmen as we hope they will be toward us expresses recognition of our shared humanity. Spiritually, it reflects one’s faith that all people are the equal creations of a single higher power. Treating others with respect shows respect for that higher power.
SKILLS THAT EMBODY THE PRINCIPLES
How does one turn these lofty philosophical notions into action, even at a party? Here are my top seven recommendations.
I wish all my readers a wonderful holiday season, and I welcome your comments on this post.
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