By: Maralee McKee, Manners Mentor
A weekly curation of finds from around the web for your perusal and reading enjoyment!
- President Lincoln set the day for us to celebrate Thanksgiving, and it stayed that way until the NRA (National Retail Association) convinced President Franklin Roosevelt to change the day. It’s a fascinating story!
- Here are some outdoor decorations to help inspire your own winter wonderland this Christmas. The article even shares where the items were bought and how much they cost, though we could all find most of the things we need at our neighborhood craft store for a lot less. Photos #1 and #16 are my favorites. The beautiful lanterns in photo #1 (after the cover photo) would look amazing on my little porch. Photo #16 is of an adorable snowman for the front door. However, we don’t see too many snowmen where I live in Orlando even if they are made of wreaths instead of snow. 🙂
- Decorating, shopping, wrapping gifts — the activities of Christmas can make us hungry! Yet the busyness of Christmas often leaves us too little time to cook. To the rescue in a delicious way are 40 of the best casseroles for the holidays from Better Homes and Gardens. Yum!
- I’ve read articles about how much the average American spends on Christmas gifts each year. However, that’s only part of the cost of the holidays. What about a few new decorations, flowers, a trip to the movies, a hostess gift or two, Christmas dinner, and the other common items of the holidays? I finally found an article that shares more of the costs of Christmas than just the gifts! I still think it comes in on the low side. Either that, or I’m attracted to every shiny and pretty thing I see at Marshall’s, Home Goods, and Hobby Lobby. Happily guilty as charged!
- Some people think that memorizing a list of etiquette rules sets artificial boundaries on their actions. This, they say, limits their personal expression and just generally makes entering every situation harder by making them think about the “right” thing to say and do instead of doing what comes naturally. They’re partially right. We do need to think before we speak! That, by the way, is a good thing! The concept some miss is that the boundaries of good manners make our lives easier. Here’s how and why.
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