“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” ~Emily Post
As the holidays are upon us, many families are making plans to spend quality time with loved ones they rarely see throughout the year. Despite this being a season of “good tidings” and “abundant blessings,” it can still be a stressful time for many. This is especially true during the holiday meal. Conversation may be awkward; manners may be a bit rough; and culinary curiosity may get the best of you. Here are a few tips to get through the holiday meal.
Be sincere in your interactions and stay true to yourself. No need to send a representative or your alter ego to show up at the dinner table. Be you. And in this time of Thanksgiving, be thankful for those around the table who accept you and cherish you for who you are. Everyone brings something special “to the table.”
Kimberly Pope is a certified Protocol and Executive Etiquette professional.
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