The holiday season is within and although 2020 might have been a spoilsport- family gatherings will still be a thing, house/apartment warmings are still happening and mini braais are still a thing. Whether you’re the host or a guest this Christmas- don’t be a ‘Jim comes to Joburg’ and shock everyone with unmannered host-guest behaviour. Be a host to remember and a guest to invite again with these simple holiday etiquettes.
Send invitations of your Event as early as possible
It’s the festive season people have other things going on which may require budgets. To avoid disappointing turnouts as a host- send out invites to people 3-4 weeks before the big event.
Prepare Clean Spaces
This does not mean breaking your bank account to get new bedding or utensils however, all these should be well kept and clean for the expected guests.
Be aware of any allergies & Food preferences of your guests
Mzansi is a nation that loves its steaks, boerewors and beer however this is not the case for everyone, as a host- ensure that you have detailed information of your guest’s food and drink preferences, nobody wants any stops to the Emergency Room on Christmas Eve!
Prepare Enough Food
As a host it is paramount that the food prepared is more than enough, rather have leftovers than food finishing before everyone has eaten. To make things easier, have guests bring with them things such as salads or light snacks provided you will cover drinking refreshments for example.
Forget the African time this year
African time does not apply this festive season, restricted curfews are amidst us and as a host-you certainly do not want security banging on your door every ten minutes. Start your events early so people can leave early having had a good time.
DO NOT overstay your welcome!
Do not be that person who always leaves last or worse, sleeps over without warning (unless communicated with the host) Be considerate of other people’s spaces- arrive on time and leave on time.
Do bring a gift for the host
This is a well-appreciated gesture. Especially if you have not seen the person hosting for a long time. Gifts can be anything such as a box of chocolates, flowers, baked goods or toys to leave behind for the children if they have any.
Be a respectful house guest
Be respectful of the unspoken rules such as taking your shoes off by the door if that is done, do not smoke inside the house if no one else does so, keep your room tidy. If you will be spending more than one day at the host’s house- help out with groceries once in a while.
Do not bring an unannounced plus-1
This is an inconvenience on the host and sometimes the people in the event as well. If the event is private and is only for close friends- do not bring someone foreign to the circle it tends to get awkward, this, of course, maybe communicated with the host but it’s always a good idea to refrain from such.
Make yourself useful
Unless you are the royalty of Britain, do offer a helping hand at the event. Whether it’s washing dishes or serving- help out where possible.
This festive season may not be the same as the other years but do enjoy, have a great time and keep safe Mzansi!