Festive season guest etiquette: do's and don'ts

Festive season guest etiquette: Do's and don'ts

Don't be the guest who brings a "skaftin" to Christmas lunch. Here are five etiquette tips for festive season visitors.

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The festive season is in full swing, and very soon many companies will be closing for the year - which means you can expect even more visitors popping in. 

Everyone is in holiday mode, so you probably don't mind a a guest or two.

But guests can get annoying - especially if they don't follow proper etiquette...

Don't bring an extra person without asking

It's seems unfathomable that a friend or family member will visit your home and tag someone along you don't know. But tis the season to be jolly, and some people tend to get a tad bit too jolly. Showing up for Christmas dinner or stopping by someone's house with an extra person can cause an awkward situation. The host could open the door in a robe, and rollers in their hair, and he/she is comfortable around. It's always best to ask first. 


Don't bring your skaftin

There will probably be plenty of food going at your host's place, but taking a Tupperware container for leftovers is not a good look. The host is also likely to get more visitors that will need feeding. So, take your full stomach on your merry way. Unless of course the host offers, then feel free to take some leftovers. 


Do offer to help clean-up

Yes, everyone feels lazy and is lounging around after stuffing their faces, but a good guest offers to help clear the table or wash the dishes - even if they don't want to!


Do say "thank you" 

Saying 'thank you' after someone has slaved over a hot stove cooking a meal seems like common sense, but many do not show their appreciation. If you are attending a Christmas lunch, regardless of whether you brought something or not, thank the host, and be genuine about it! 


Don't misbehave 

It's easy to get carried away when the wine is flowing, and everyone is in the festive spirit, but do try to behave. No dancing on the tables, opening the host's fridge without asking, or hogging the TV remote. 


What are your do's and don'ts for holiday guests? Share them in the comments.

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