The family meets on Christmas Eve and during this holiday it is important to stick to customs and traditions and to respect the standards of decency and behavior, according to the etiquette expert Carmen Rizk. She sheds light on the necessity of arriving on time to dinner and wearing the most beautiful clothes, for kids and adults, especially that at the end of this dinner the whole family goes to church to attend the holy mass. The outfit does not have to be necessarily formal; it just needs to be beautiful.
The guests should not arrive without a gift that is usually something to eat or drink such as:
*A chocolate arrangement decorated according to the Christmas theme
*A bottle of wine
*A bottle of liqueur
*A cake or any sort of dessert
This gift is essential and has nothing to do with the gifts put under the Christmas tree and that will be exchanged later on.
The guest must have the Christmas spirit on this eve. In fact, he should not complain but rather participate in this gathering dinner, leaving all the negativity behind and reflecting the true meaning of this holiday; a smile, joy and tolerance.
Moreover, the guest should avoid criticism, like saying for example: “this place is tight”. On the contrary, he must be positive and commend the food, its presentation and the decoration. The housewife loves to hear compliments and flattery, so you can also compliment her. Even if the guest didn’t like the food, he can look for anything to compliment her.
Guests should pay attention to their children behavior; they must tell them not to scream or make noises in the house.
They should also wait for the housewife’s sign to start dinner. In fact, she is the one who seats her guests and gives the sign to start and finish eating.
If you are on a diet, try to cheat in this dinner and have a taste of all the available meals. Do not complain about your over weight and do not tell everyone that you are on a diet. Try to have small portions of all the available meals.
The guest must thank the housewife before leaving and should contact her the next day to thank her again for the dinner, the lovely atmosphere and her valuable effort.
It is preferable that the guests put their mobile phones away and engage themselves in conversations in order to avoid spending the entire time talking on the phone or using its applications. The housewife can ask her guests to put their mobiles in a specific place at the door when they arrive and they can take them back before leaving the Christmas dinner. It is also better to wish friends and relatives a merry Christmas on Whatsapp the next day.
Photos are very important in family reunions because they keep memories and priceless moments alive; therefore, it is nice to take photos as much as possible. It is not necessary to post them on Facebook the same night, but the most important thing is to enjoy the moments together and you can post them on social media the next day. In addition, it is preferable to avoid turning the television on that night to have conversations instead of watching TV shows.