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Etiquette expert Maria Everding shares holiday tips

12:45 PM, Dec 27, 2011   |    comments
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By Sara Dayley

St. Louis (KSDK) - Even though Christmas has come and gone, there are still plenty of holiday celebrations taking place, and it's important to remember to give proper thanks to the host.

As fun as holiday gatherings can be, they also bring some tricky etiquette dilemmas as well.

It may be last-minute cancellations, bringing the host a gift, or as simple as sending a thank you note and especially during these times, unexpected friends or relatives may show up as a surprise.

"Only those names on the invitation are invited. If it doesn't say and guest you don't bring anyone or call and ask that would be rude. Now, if you have 36 of your relatives show up, then you are obligated to call and say I am sorry at which point the host may say bring them," said Maria Everding with The Etiquette Institute.

There are also a few guidelines when writing a thank you's or sending out invitations, especially with all the social media and email we use today.

Everding said you need to try a get those thank you notes out within 24 hours if possible and always hand write them.

Electronically, the same situation can happen, where the gift giver may not get it because it goes to the spam folder, and we all know important emails or text always have a way of not getting there or being lost in cyber world.

"You assume someone is coming because you haven't heard from them and lone behold they never got the invitation. I'm finding more and more with the internet the same exact thing people rely on it and somebody doesn't open their email or the computer is down, they're clueless. It's still the mark of a gracious individual to send an invitation to reply properly to send a thank you note," said Everding.


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