Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Holiday Etiquette for Dummies...

You would think anyone over 20 years of age would know this, but it seems not so let's reiterate BASIC etiquette (for any day, but especially during the holidays):

You NEVER, under ANY circumstances, invite someone to come to your host/hostess's house without asking them first.

For the second year in a row (even after a thorough dressing down replete with trucker-speak last year), The Man's brother someone who will remain nameless invited people over to my Mom's house without telling anyone he had done so. There was not enough food because we did "Christmas dinner" proper on Christmas Eve and Christmas day was supposed to be laid back with hors d'oeuvres and finger foods and not having to entertain anyone...

The nameless person not only lied and said The Man invited them (he wasn't even there), but then sat in another room and didn't talk to them. He invited them only to save himself a trip to their house -and they had to feel uncomfortable when it wasn't their fault...

Boundless audacity. Someone here asked me once what's wrong with being a mid-30's bachelor that has never been married or had kids-- I think this is the answer...living alone with no responsibility to anyone but yourself creates extremely self-absorbed, thoughtless tendencies in many (before I get 100 emails: MANY, not ALL) cases. But if you ever do choose a mate...heed this warning: You marry a family!

Can you guess what kind of mood I'm in today? Unfortunately, the Eagles slaughter of Dallas didn't cure me like it did some others in my family...

So should today's post be about horrible relatives or nightmare-ish holiday stories...?

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