By: Maralee McKee, Manners Mentor
Here’s your weekly gathering of links to love from around the web. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas week!
- We all like dressing comfortably. However, is it possible for our love of comfort to become at some point a “me first” assault on good manners? It is according to the author of this article. I agree with some of what she says because I’ve seen it first hand at formal parties, concerts, funerals, and other events where people were dressed with comfort in mind instead of respect for the event and for the people it represented.
- This week I hope you’ll have lots of time to sit at night and enjoy the restful twinkle from the lights on your Christmas tree. How, though, did we end up with a live or artificial tree towering over our living room or family room as a way to celebrate Christmas? The story is fascinating, and this one comes complete with video from History.com. The perfect article for Christmas week as you place gifts under your tree.
- Do you love vintage? Do you enjoy shopping at flea markets, antique stores, and such, looking for treasure among all the knick-knacks? If so, I just stumbled upon your new favorite website! It’s called EBTH (Everything But the House). Think of it as eBay for vintage and mid-century, although the two sites are not affiliated with one another. Each item starts at just $1, and each auction lasts for seven days. The finds are amazing, and the site is already a favorite of celebrities and top designers who are buying up top-drawer finds for garage-sale prices.
- And the winner is…? We all know not to judge a book by its cover. However, if you’re at all like me, you do it all the time. Our eyes lead us to what we find pretty, and depending on what type of book we want to read, we pick up the ones that attract us. Here are the top 16 book covers of 2016. To be honest, I don’t know who did the judging, because there’s only one or two of these books I would pick up based solely on the covers. And they left off The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, a book with a cover so lovely that I bought it just because of the cover. I’m still reading it, and so far the story lives up to the cover.
- Do you have a passive-aggressive in-law or another family member who’s making the thought of being together at Christmas feel like it’s not going to be the most wonderful time of the year? If so, here’s help from Real Simple magazine on what to say and do to make your holiday more merry and bright!
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