The 12 Don'ts of Christmas... Or Any Other Holiday

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Sometimes you just do things at holidays that you will regret forever; drinking too much, re-gifting an item with the card from last year still attached, awkward comments at office holiday parties and unfortunate clothing choices. John Bridges, author of the bestselling "The Gentlemanners Series", explains that, "You really need to think before you act when it comes to the holidays. By following 'The 12 Don'ts of Christmas', it can save you from re-enacting countless embarrassing situations."

Sometimes you just do things at holidays that you will regret forever; drinking too much, re-gifting an item with the card from last year still attached, awkward comments at office holiday parties and unfortunate clothing choices. John Bridges, author of the bestselling "The Gentlemanners Series", explains that, "You really need to think before you act when it comes to the holidays. By following 'The 12 Don'ts of Christmas', it can save you from re-enacting countless embarrassing situations."

Mr. Bridges, who is well-known for being "Mr. Right", offers the proper etiquette in any situation.

1. If you must re-gift, be sure to re-wrap.

2. If you feel the urge to give lingerie, be sure you know the right size.

3. Keep close track of your trips to the punch bowl. No matter how small the cups may be, you don't need six of them. Even if the stuff in the bowl looks like it's just cranberry juice, it's probably not.

4. Watch your words when opening a present, especially in front of the person who gave it to you. "Oh, wow, now I have two of these!" is probably not the right response.

5. It is in exceedingly poor taste to e-mail a copy of your Christmas Wish List to your co-workers. It is particularly bad form to end such a message by saying, "Please make your selection soon to help make shopping easier for others."

6. Never take a casserole to anybody else's dinner party, unless it's a potluck.

7. No matter how much it means to you, do not sing "The Little Drummer Boy" in front of others.

8. Even if you don't get the new iPhone, be grateful for whatever's in the box.

9. Unless their parents give you the go-ahead, do not offer a second sugar cookie to a 5-year-old.

10. If you have to cut back on your gift list this year, do not start with the person who handles the HVAC in your building.

11. Never wear anything that involves blinking lights, reindeer antlers, or a Santa with a squeaky nose. Steer clear from sweatshirts that come equipped with battery packs.

12. Never neglect any opportunity to say "Thank You," especially to the cashier or the store clerk. Times are tough on both sides of the counter, these days.

John Bridges is available for interviews.

About John Bridges
John Bridges is the author of the bestselling book HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN, today's most popular guide to etiquette for the modern man. When it comes to handling any issue related to courtesy, common or uncommon, John is today's "Mr. Right". A native of Slapout, Alabama, John has served as Classical Music Editor for the Nashville Tennessean, an award-winning columnist and editor for the Nashville Scene, an associate editor for Nostalgia magazine and etiquette columnist for Traditional Home. He served for eight years as Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Nashville. John is a frequent media guest and has been featured on the "Today" show, "CBS Sunday Morning," the Discovery Channel and has been profiled in the New York Times, and People; and his advice has repeatedly been sought out by major men's magazines such as Esquire, Men's Health, and Details. John is also the co-author of eight other books in the "Gentlemanners" series, a publishing phenomenon that has now sold nearly one million copies. For more information about John Bridges, go to http://www.johnbridges.com.

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