iOS app Android app

Holiday Etiquette

When Things Get Bubbly: The Etiquette of Champagne and Sparkling Wine

Sharon Schweitzer | Posted 12.22.2016 | Taste
Sharon Schweitzer

Champagne and sparkling wine are beverages that evoke thoughts of celebration, success, luxury, love and romance. During the holidays, these pleasant associations are even stronger, especially since these beverages have different levels of sweetness.

10 Things Every Holiday Host Should Know

Diane Gottsman | Posted 12.07.2016 | HuffPost Home
Diane Gottsman

When others ask if there is anything they can do to assist, do not hesitate to share a slice of the workload. They will feel great about playing a part in a successful evening and you will feel more at ease with less on your plate. Hand them a personalized apron and let them pitch in.

Holiday Party Conversation: From Awkward to Awesome

Diane Gottsman | Posted 12.02.2016 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Beyond the decorations, gingerbread martinis and the perfect party outfit, holiday gatherings are all about the people. That's why part of your preparation as a guest should include being ready to chat.

Bottoms Up: Seven Tips For Tasteful Toasting

Jacqueline Whitmore | Posted 02.22.2015 | HuffPost Home
Jacqueline Whitmore

A toast is the perfect way to recognize a special occasion or celebration, especially during the holidays.

Introducing Your New Partner To Family Over The Holidays

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 02.17.2015 | Women
Dr. Gail Gross

No matter how old we get, we somehow still revert back to our childhood roles and need for approval when we return home to our original family unit.

Staying Productive At The Office During The Holiday Season

Diane Gottsman | Posted 02.07.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Downtime used well will help you when the holidays are over, and business gets back to its normal hectic pace. Tackle these tasks during the slower time and be ready to start fresh in the busy New Year.

6 Tips to a Merry and Bright Holiday Season

Diane Gottsman | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Diane Gottsman

Who has time to sip cocoa by the fire when there are cards to send, gifts to buy, parties to plan, and houseguests to host? This holiday season, let's resolve to stay calm. Here are six tips to keep the "happy" in the holidays.

Holiday Tipping Guide: Thoughts on Expressing Gratitude

Diane Gottsman | Posted 01.18.2015 | Money
Diane Gottsman

Tis the season for eggnog, good tidings, and exchanging gifts with family and friends. It also includes expressing gratitude to those that provide a much-needed service throughout the year. From your children's teacher to your mail carrier, the list can easily get out of hand.

Holiday Etiquette Tips for a Festive Gathering

Diane Gottsman | Posted 01.13.2015 | HuffPost Home
Diane Gottsman

When you are entertaining over the holidays, there are certain things a host prepares for in advance to ensure her guests arrive comfortably, without feeling rushed through the evening. Here are six tips that come directly from a savvy holiday host:

How to Re-Gift a Holiday Gift With Dignity and Respect

Diane Gottsman | Posted 02.26.2014 | HuffPost Home
Diane Gottsman

Before you pass along someone else's "treasure," let's review a few re-gift giving rules.

The Holiday Toast: Commonly Asked Etiquette Questions

Diane Gottsman | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Most people cringe at the thought of standing up in front of a group of people and speaking in public. It's no surprise that an eloquent "Cheers!" seldom happens without prior thought and planning.

Holiday Card Etiquette, Explained

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Women
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

Let go of feeling like you have to reveal the perfect photo, share the most amazing updates or have a glamorous and seemingly great life and instead, see it as a chance to send love to others who undoubtedly feel the same way you do 90% of the time. Give love.

Business Etiquette: Surviving the Holiday Office Party

Diane Gottsman | Posted 02.09.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Overindulging on the holiday jingle juice and trying to kiss a colleague under the mistletoe are obvious disasters to avoid, but there are other important details that can affect your professional image.

Ask the Etiquette Expert: Holiday Office Gift Giving Q & A's

Diane Gottsman | Posted 02.01.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

5. If I receive a gift from a coworker that I don't like, or cannot use, can I ask for the receipt to return or exchange it?

Ask the Etiquette Expert: How Can I Be the Perfect Holiday Houseguest?

Diane Gottsman | Posted 01.23.2014 | HuffPost Home
Diane Gottsman

You may disagree with their politics, television choices or the way they parent their children, but it's not your place to interject your own preferences and particular parenting style. You are a guest, not a voting member of the immediate family. Even if you are the grandmother!

What Are You Teaching Your Teens About Holiday Behavior?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 02.19.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

It starts something like this: You go to a relative's house for the holidays. Soon, the adults start to drink a little, lose their inhibitions and start to regress to their younger selves. You start to tell old stories. Oh no, you have forgotten that your teenage children are in the room.

Netiquette: 5 Must-Follow Rules for the Holidays

Julie Spira | Posted 02.17.2013 | Style
Julie Spira

We're in the middle of the holiday season and whether you've been naughty or nice this year, there are still some basic rules of netiquette to adhere to.

WATCH: The Perfect Guide To Holiday Etiquette

Posted 01.20.2013 | Comedy

With Thanksgiving almost upon us, it's a good time of year to brush up on our etiquette. What are all the different forks for again? And what the eff ...

What NOT To Do During Your Holiday Family Time

Posted 12.16.2011 | Home

Let's face it: we've all been guilty of imposing obnoxious Christmas music on our families, eating the last of the holiday treats before Mom's even go...

Family Holiday Q&A

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 02.04.2012 | San Francisco
Lisa Mirza Grotts

A holiday gathering can sometimes be a minefield, what with off-the-wall family members, conversation pitfalls, gift-giving quandaries, and dietary restrictions. Here are some guidelines to help make your family holidays bright.

Holiday Etiquette: Do's and Don'ts Around Your Holiday Table

Carolyn Scott | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carolyn Scott

Here are few tips to get you through the holidays while still making them enjoyable and not stepping on anyone's toes!