Holiday Season

Interesting Things to Know About Boxing Day 2021

By |2021-12-22T14:57:49-06:00December 22nd, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Canada, Canadian Traditions, Global Celebrations, Holiday Season|

Photo by PhotoMIX Company from Pexels In Australia, Britain, Canada, Kenya, and a number of the 54 nations within the British Commonwealth, the day after Christmas, December 26th is known as Boxing Day. So, what is Boxing Day? Does it correlate to the sport of boxing? Consider these six (6) interesting facts about this December holiday. As [...]

Sharon Schweitzer’s Holiday Card Etiquette 2021

By |2021-12-09T00:48:24-06:00December 9th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business Etiquette, Holiday Season, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette|

Image by Biljana Jovanovic from Pixabay A new Shutterfly poll, conducted by Ipsos, has revealed that two in five U.S. Americans plan to send out holiday cards or give personalized gifts to connect this 2021 holiday season, a significant increase of nearly 24% from 2020. So, during this pandemic holiday season, individuals, families, and [...]

7 Tips for Graciously Navigating Politics at Thanksgiving

By |2021-11-09T14:16:37-06:00November 9th, 2021|Gracious Living, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Modern Manners, Politics, United States|

Photo by RODNAE Productions from Pexels Your brined turkey is perfectly prepared, and your sauces are expertly simmered. Your home is thoroughly sanitized. ‘Tis the night before Thanksgiving; you and your sous chef have planned an excellent celebration. The only concern is guest behavior. You break out in a cold sweat with memories [...]

Culture, Etiquette & Modern Manners for Holiday Gatherings 2021 in the COVID-19 Era

By |2021-11-05T12:25:46-05:00November 5th, 2021|celebrations, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Modern Manners|

Image by Nicole Michalou from Pexels The holidays are just around the corner and invitations have been arriving via email and delivered in our regular mail. So, how do you make sure that you have the best and safest holiday gatherings this year? US culture: Safer ways of showing respect for each other, [...]

Thanksgiving in Canada: Customs, Origin & Tradition

By |2021-10-05T11:57:15-05:00October 8th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Canada, Canadian Traditions, Culture, Holiday Season|

Photo by Daniel Joseph Petty from Pexels Canada, oh, sweet Canada! Many people refer to this vast country as the land of Maple Syrup. This nation is famous for its stunning scenery, fabulous people, spectacular ski slopes, and frosty winters. Be careful not to let the similarity of the Canadian Hofstede cultural dimensions [...]

Unique Czech Christmas Traditions

By |2020-12-08T18:51:39-06:00December 8th, 2020|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Festival, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Intercultural, International Holidays, International Observances, Language and Culture, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Religious Celebrations, U.S. Holidays, US Observances|

Joza Upraka Exhibit at National Gallery 2011 The Czech Republic is recognized worldwide as Europe’s most castle-rich country, for its beautiful medieval landscapes, and also for its highest consumption of beer per capita. In addition, notable Czech-born people include Martina Navratilova and Ivan Lendl (tennis pros), Milos Forman (film director), Sigmund Freud (psychologist), [...]

Hanukkah or Chanukah Explained 2020

By |2020-12-08T18:46:39-06:00December 8th, 2020|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Festival, Global Celebrations, Global Etiquette, Holiday Season, Interfaith, Lifestyle, U.S. Holidays|

Image by Adobe Stock The holiday season is upon us and we are quickly approaching the first day of Hanukkah/Chanukah, to be celebrated by Jewish people around the world. The beloved and joyous holiday of  Hanukkah/Chanukah, or Festival of Rededication, begins the evening of Thursday, December 10th this year.  The eight-day celebration of the rededication of [...]

Holiday Card Etiquette 2020

By |2020-12-08T18:46:47-06:00December 3rd, 2020|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Family time, Festival, Global Celebrations, Global Etiquette, Gracious Living, Holiday Season, Social Etiquette, U.S. Holidays, US Observances|

Photo from Adobe Stock Images Sending and addressing holiday cards during the pandemic may be a delicate balancing act this year – spreading holiday cheer while simultaneously acknowledging that 2020 has been a challenging year for many people. Typical joyful seasonal greetings may hit an exposed nerve during this nearly year-long Covid-19 experience [...]

Christian Advent Traditions Explained

By |2020-12-02T10:26:18-06:00December 2nd, 2020|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Global, Global Celebrations, Holiday Season, Intercultural, Interfaith, International Holidays, International Observances, Religious Celebrations, US Observances|

By Jonathan Schops Advent, in the Christian church calendar, is the preparation period for two things: the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas, and the second coming of Christ. Christian Advent: Advent translates to ‘coming’ in Latin. It is a Christian countdown to the days until Christmas to symbolically honor the coming of Jesus Christ [...]

Madres, Mums and Mommies: Your Global Guide to Mother’s Day

By |2020-05-04T14:11:41-05:00May 4th, 2020|Business Etiquette, celebrations, Colombia, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, Environment, Gracious Living, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, International Holidays, Lifestyle, Mexico, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette, Spain|

Photo credits: Josh Willink/ Pexels Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days, and completely different seasons, depending on which part of the globe you call home. Regardless of the country or culture, the love of mothers’ crosses international borders. As Mother’s Day approaches, on May 10, 2020, for the U.S. and a few [...]

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