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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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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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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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Writing social notes (vintage moving picture)

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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The Sound of Silents

The Sound of Silents

As many cinemas move into the future with advances in 3D technology and high definition screenings, there is a simultaneous movement happening, in another direction entirely. The academy award winning film 'The Artist' brought silent cinema back to the mainstream in 2011, but the gradual revival of silent cinema is something that had been going on for a while.
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Basic Mobile Telephone Manners (film)

Basic Mobile Telephone Manners (film)

By Dana Gornitzki Hello, dear reader, will you please turn your ringer off? And please stop sending text messages while we're at it - we're trying to have a conversation.
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Is burping after a meal bad manners?

Is burping after a meal bad manners?

by Prunella de Pedant As a traditionalist, I would lean towards saying yes - absolutely. To make a burp or belch even worse, select not-so gentlepeople tend to punctuate the horrific sound with a giggle or chuckle.
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Pretty please with a cherry on top

Pretty please with a cherry on top

By Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy Truly formidable manners begin with ‘Please’, and saying the word need not only be  reserved for clerks and mothers with cookies.
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Slumbering in style

Slumbering in style

As the long winter nights draw in and the temperature drops, early bedtimes and late lie-ins become ever more appealing. Night time attire and 'loungewear' has got a bad rep recently with the whole 'onesie' fad, but there are plenty of ways to stay stylish whilst lounging around in your pyjamas- simply look to times gone by for inspiration.
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Proper posture: shoulders back, chest out...

Proper posture: shoulders back, chest out...

The way we walk and stand say a lot about us - proper posture is most important. Here's a little video with a few helpful tips.
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