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Few simple rules for the upcoming holidays

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Greetings Readers,

Halloween feels like it is the start of the holiday season. With that in mind, let’s just review a few of the simple rules for the upcoming holidays.

The host/hostess’s job is to make sure every guest feels comfortable and has a good time. Conversely, the guest’s duty is to be friendly and well-behaved. Remember, the whole point of a holiday meal is to have fun with your guests.

Mishaps will happen, and a mishap is just that, a mishap, not the end of the world. Don’t lose your sense of humor in the race to get things right. If you can master this, you will be the perfect host in an imperfect world.

Keep your party lively. Drinks and nibbles in one room, the football game in another, the main course in another, and so on.

Guests, you may arrive fashionably late – 30 minutes tops. After that, it is rude and not fashionable. Never show up empty-handed. You’re already in check if you’ve been assigned a dish; if you haven’t, fresh baked cookies are never wrong. The same goes for a bottle of wine or a delicious liqueur. If you’re feeling particularly decadent, send flowers the next day instead of bringing something. This gift becomes a tribute to a successful occasion.

According to the artist Brian Andreas, “There are things you do because they feel right and they may make no sense and they may make no money and it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other and to eat each other’s cooking and say it was good.”

Big Love,
Mrs. Abramovitz



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