This short Irish Tost is a alway proper Etiquette and good manners for any Holiday toast this Christmas.
Here’s wishing you more happiness.
Than all my words can tell,
Not just alone for Christmas but for all the year as well.
In a tough economy, it’s okay to spend less on gifts for your friends and family than you did last year. Affirmations, The Secret, and the book Think and Grow Rich all teach us ways of asking the universe for more abundance to appear. However, if you can’t make money appear out of nowhere and someone is depending on a gift from you like money, for example, give them warning. “Unfortunately, gifts may be a bit smaller than usual this year. I hope you understand.”
Home made gifts like baked goods, a home made topiary, or art work can be a graceful way to show appreciation, kindness, and thanks this holiday season. Websites like Etsy have lovely affordable gifts for under $40.00. This print from Le Papier Studio makes a great gift for mothers, fathers, newly married couples or to hang in the nursery.
Given the tough economy, at the office maybe you could all agree to a secrete Santa gift, no gifts at all, a holiday potluck, or a cookie exchange. Another way to save this holiday season is regifting which is acceptable etiquette, if the present is not given in the same social circles it was received from. An expensive designer handbag you never carry anymore could be thrilling to a sister or friend. A thoughtful note if it is vintage or not new should accompany the gift. My Mother in her later years, during the holidays would gift us something special from her family heirlooms. Antique teacups, family photo’s framed, or jewelry from your collection can be very special and adored by others. Gifts from the heart are the most special gifts of all. So this Holiday season, give thanks to what you have and give in the spirit of giving.