Manner Monday®: The Gift of your Presence

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by Carey Sue Vega in Etiquette, Family, Manner Monday, Manners

It’s crunch time, we’re all rushing around trying to tie up last minute Holiday shopping and wrapping all of those gifts, making ourselves more stressed than we already are trying to get the perfect thing for everyone on our list. And not to mention – if you have children, more than likely their Holiday ‘wish list’ is long (and expensive) adding to the stress.

If we’ll take a minute to stop, we know deep down that the best present we can give our family and friends over the holiday break is the gift of our presence. I know it sounds cliché, but think about it… we all know it’s true. When is the last time you had a really good conversation with someone – without the interruption of a ping taking your attention away to something else?

I bet you can agree, that no matter how much money you spend:

  • Your Significant Other wants your Presence
  • Your Child(ren) want your Presence
  • Your family members want your Presence
  • Your friends want your Presence

As much as we all think we HAVE to check our email, we HAVE to check our social media accounts… do we really? If you’re ‘addicted’ to checking your phone, then you may need to leave it in your car. Will the world stop if we turn the technology off for a few hours at a time and focus on good old-fashioned face-time? We know the answer. And yes, our work will still be waiting for us after the break, but we can dig into it then.

Don’t miss another family get together because you’re lost in your phone. Work can wait.

Your family wants uninterrupted time with you – the best present money can buy!

…I don’t know about you, but I look forward to unplugging a bit and having some good old-fashioned family face time.

Merry Christmas, from our family to yours!

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Here is a recent segment I did with Channel 4 were I answered viewer questions on Holiday etiquette:

And I was also happy to be on Living Oklahoma with Meg Alexander where we tackled some more Holiday questions like what happens when you forget to RSVP :-/ (yes, it’s happened to me before too!):

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As always, thanks for reading!
– Carey Sue

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