Holiday party manners

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.  ~Washington Irving

My mother has been in the hospital since the day after Thanksgiving, and it looks like she’ll be spending several weeks recovering in a rehab center. While waiting for calls from the hospital, I’ve kept busy working on a series of holiday columns and photos for AOL’s Patch Holiday Guide.  The first is a guide to modern holiday manners. It’ll tell you everything you need to know about holiday etiquette — including how to pick out hostess gifts and how to be the guest who gets invited back. Please click here to read it. — CL

— Photo of a holiday display at Leon & Lulu in Clawson, by Cindy La Ferle —

4 thoughts on “Holiday party manners

  1. Thank you for the rundown on what a good hostess or guest should do Cindy. Being what is known as elderly and not entertaining much any more you forget the right things to do.

  2. Love the article Cindy! As a New Englander I envy the social ease of Southern or skillful hosts. I wasn’t raised social so I often feel like there are these rules or a club and I was never invited. So parties often create a lot of anxiety for me.
    I’m sending supportful wishes and hugs for the speedy recovery of your Mom!

  3. Oh Cindy, I am so sorry to hear your mom is hospitalized and in need of rehab. That does not sound good. Big sigh– I know how devoted you are to her. My thought and prayers are with you all.
    xo jj

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