Modern Etiquette: A holiday gift quiz

Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:22am EST
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By Mary M. Mitchell

(Reuters) - All the buzz in London of late, if I can believe my recent holiday experience, is focused on Christmas plans – the presents, the restaurant reservations, the cash...

I was reminded of a cartoon some time ago wherein a shopper laments, “Oh dear, I was so busy shopping that I forgot to have fun.”

Admittedly, my personal bias is to avoid the 'Seduction of Christmas as Consumerism' altogether. Nobody needs yet another rant on how the true spirit of Christmas gets lost at the shopping malls.

Instead, let me provide the following Holiday Gift Quiz as a means of personal reflection. It helps me focus my energy on the receiver of the gift and get my ego out of the way. Maybe it will help you:

- Why am I giving this gift?

- Is it sincere?

- Am I giving without strings attached?

- Does it reflect the receiver’s taste – not mine?   Continued...

A couple window shop at the DeBeers diamond boutique on Christmas eve on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California California December 24, 2008.  REUTERS/Fred Prouser