The day after Christmas is one of the biggest days in retail for returning items that were given as gifts: wrong size, wrong color, or just plain wrong! And usually customers’ nerves can be a little jangled even before getting to the “Return and Exchanges” counter. Add to that certain sales people who can also be a little “salty.”
And because many retailers have restrictions and limitations on returns, many people are anxious to get to the store a day or two after Christmas.
Here’s what you may encounter:
For those who would rather not, you have options:
‘Tis the season to be jolly, let’s keep the ‘Grinch’ in us from rearing its ugly, green head.
It’s holiday season and we are hosting and being invited to dinner parties and soirees. A few things to keep in mind as we extend and receive invitations:
As the Host:
Get those invites out as soon as possible, three to four weeks out is best. Mailing your invitations typically indicates a more formal gathering to the guest. Using email Evites is a handy tool to ensure you include everything – type of gathering, time, location, etc., and to keep up with guests’ RSVP’s.
Two weeks out, send a reminder to those who may not have responded, and to your “Maybe’s.” Consider calling or even shooting a “did you get my Evite?” text to non-respondent guests. Sometimes people don’t check email, so a gentle reminder helps.
Although preparation keeps us busy, it is most polite to acknowledge an acceptance or regret from a guest. It is honors your friendship.
As the Guest:
RSVP means ‘please respond’ (even if you cannot attend!). Whether you are invited through snail-mail, Evite, or text, acknowledge the invitation, and check your availability as soon as possible. Even if you’re not completely sure, honor your host by indicating “maybe” as a reply. But do not delay to respond yes, or no, as soon as you can!
Party-hopping is often necessary throughout the holidays. Plan well, by understanding what you are being invited to. A dinner party requires your evening; cocktails parties allow for more flexibility.
Begin enjoying the holidays with others, and celebrate old and new friendships by starting with these small courtesies.