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The etiquette of holiday greetings

The etiquette of holiday greetings
By Dana Gornitzki
It's that festive time of the year – you can just feel the merriment and that lovely sense of nostalgia in the air.
In this modern age, we still love to stick to our traditions - we all have them, and it's possibly that one time of the year where we reach out to our friends and family.
Sending an e-card is never the same. Getting a digital card, email or text cannot replace the pleasure of receiving a hand-written card.
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Dec 15

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How not to be a grinch

How not to be a grinch
By Jean Bernard Talon
Cheesy songs, commercialisation, annoying parties to attend...the list could be as long as one can imagine with individual and occasionally collective critiques of this most famous time of year: Christmas.
The more important thing to keep in mind is that there are people that celebrate the holidays (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Christmas) sincerely, and for many religiously. There are people who are truly elated during this season; so before you start to let off a stress fuelled “Bah! Humbug!”, remember a few simple tips and social graces:
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Dec 15

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A dinner party dedication to picky eaters

A dinner party dedication to picky eaters
By Elizabeth Renzetti
“Oh, I forgot to mention – I’m allergic to dairy.” How many of us have heard those terrifying words after inviting someone over for dinner? Well, I’ve got news for you, Ms. Butterfat-Gives-Me-Buboes: You can tell you’re actually allergic to something if you need to carry an EpiPen with you wherever you go. If, upon ingesting a substance, your throat swells up and you die, then you have an allergy. I grant that sudden, violent death is a bummer at most dinner parties (though I’ve been to some where it would have been a welcome early conclusion to the evening.)
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Nov 29

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Writing social notes (vintage moving picture)

Receiving a note is a welcome treat these days. Writing a note can be just as much of a delight - from picking the appropriate stationery to crafting the perfect words.

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Nov 29

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Charm School...more to follow in 2014.

Charm School...more to follow in 2014.
What lovely festive sessions we had, thank you.
More to follow in 2014 - watch this space and visit our exclusive Charm School website.
With love,
the Mistress of Manners
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Nov 25

Charm school