Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Per Emily Post or My Aunt Helen

A couple of quick etiquette notes that seem to have been lost or forgotten with today's politically correct, hurried, forward-thinking, equal, blah blah.....society.

1. When someone gives you a food item as a gift, ie. a box of chocolates it is customary to
open the box in front of that person and offer them a piece! Why doesn't anyone ever do this? Has re-gifting really swept the nation? The whole world allergic to gluten now? Hmmm. Perplexing.
*I personally appreciate this tradition as I am a huge candy-aholic.

2. Lately, I have noticed that a lot of my dear friends are getting engaged (Yay!!). Over and over I hear people very enthusiastically "congratulating" the bride-to-be! I was always told it was not polite or, these days, pc, to congratulate the woman. As my Aunt Helen would say, "she is the prize to be won is she not?". I agree wholeheartedly. Saying "congratulations" to a woman engaged is like saying "You did it!! You actually landed a man. Good for you. You're valuable now." Yuk. The polite and more appropriate thing to say is "Best wishes".

1 comment:

  1. If more people would get on board with #1, I'd give out more candy. I learned #2 from you and try to remember that when girl friends get engaged. You should post more of these!