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The Art of Gift Giving

The holidays are a time for gratitude, celebrations, family, friends, and, of course, gifts. Bombarded with advertising trying to convince you that you need the latest and greatest, it’s easy to lose sight of what really matters and overlook the art of thoughtful gift giving.

The true gift of giving is how you make someone feel when you offer heartfelt energy. Mindfully considering the person to whom you are giving is a wonderful way to express care and deepen connections.

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I reality, anyone can give a thoughtful present  — all it takes is a little perceptiveness and creativity. With these top ten tips for mastering the art of meaningful gift-giving, you’ll leave ready to take the prize for “best gift given” at your next special occasion!

 

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People to cosider gifting to:

  • Your family
  • Your friends
  • Your favourite doctor
  • Your teacher
  • Someone who made your year better in their own way
  • Your coworkers

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A gift-giver’s thoughtfulness is as apparent in how a gift is wrapped as in what’s inside.

“In our world of ubiquitous merchandise, wrapping can make a gift distinctive,” says Wanda Wen, author of “The Art of Gift Wrapping”. When you wrap a gift, do it with grace and consciousness.

Here are some ideas on wrapping gifts beautifully:

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Thanksgiving Etiquette

Thanksgiving is a special time where we give thanks for everything and everyone in our lives. Thanksgiving Day is a time set aside to gather together in gratitude and reverence for our blessings and to enjoy a portion of those blessings with a feast of food shared with our friends and family.

Most of us already have our “ways” of doing Thanksgiving — ways our mother did it, ways our extended family did it, ways our friends did it. What can you do to heighten, deepen, and extend Thanksgiving to its most memorable end? And how can you make sure you maintain etiquette both as a host or as a guest?

  • RSVP. Let your host know right away if you can come or not. If you received a “family” invitation, let your host or hostess know how many of you can come.

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  • Arrive on time. Yes, it is a day of feasting, but that turkey is going to be done at some point and your hosts are trying to plan around that magic moment. If you arrive late, don’t expect anyone to wait for you.
  • Offer to contribute to the meal — but don’t dictate the menu. Your best bet is to make your offer open-ended and follow your host’s direction. If you or your “party” have special dietary needs, it’s very gracious to offer to bring a dish that meets those needs.
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  • Seating Plan & Place Cards:  As the host, keep the cast of family, friends, distant relatives, neighbors, and old friends in line with a seating plan. Seat introverts next to out-going guests and elders adjacent to youngsters. It’s acceptable to split married couples but not newlyweds. Place cards may range from simple and handmade to fancy.

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  • Toasting:  As a host making a toast to the table, you can briefly reconfirm conversation no-no’s. Toasting etiquette states the entire table is welcome to drink. If you are toasted as a guest or host, do not raise your glass and drink. It’s like clapping for yourself. While clinking is fun, the preferred approach is to raise your glass, make eye contact and then take a sip. Finally, remember the three B’s of toasting: Begin, Be Brief and Be Seated.
  • Leftovers: Keep some cute packaging to give leftovers to your favorite guests. It will make them feel appreciated and make for a wonderful next day surprise!

Most of all, make sure to enjoy yourself and make your guests feel welcome and appreciated!

Yellow is the colour of the sun

 

Yellow is the color of the coming of the sun and the warmth it brings. It is the color of the bright days of early summer, and as the sun high in the sky lights up the landscape, its yellow color ray brings us the power of enlightenment, lighting up the landscape of our search for knowledge. It is the color of the summer solstice ushering in the bright time of long days, warm temperatures, and sustained vigor.


In different cultures yellow has different meanings. In some cultures, yellow represents peace. In Egypt yellow was worn to signify the dead. In Japan, yellow stands for courage. In India, yellow is the color of the merchants.

Yellow in Greece

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Pictures are part of a private photoshoot for Modern Brides Magazine, with marzipan pebbles and silver “mati” favours created by the amazing Liana Vourakis.

 

Yellow is the color of the natural birthstones of those born in the beginning of summer (June 21–July 21). It is the color of midday, midyear, and the beginnings of midlife. Yellow is a color of journeys beginning well, full of promise and sunny optimism.

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Yellow Flowers

Yellow flowers burst with happiness. They symbolize the bonds of friendship, the taste of success and pride. Joy is also one of the meanings of this flower, as that is one of the feelings the color is said to evoke.

 

 

Yellow gemstones

Yellow gemstones are believed to aid in clarity for decision-making, boost concentration, increase energy, and offer relief from burnout, panic, nervousness, or exhaustion.

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Yellow is the most luminous of all the colors of the spectrum. It’s the color that captures our attention more than any other color.  In the natural world, yellow is the color of sunflowers and daffodils, egg yolks and lemons, canaries and bees. Go ahead and put some yellow in your life!

 

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The etiquette of being Thankful

 

Almost any gift or good deed deserves at least a brief, handwritten thank you note. If in doubt, send one.

As wonderful as paperless post is for a Christmas party or a gathering, there are some special occasions that need something extra special. I’m 63 years old and I love social media and search the web but I think its very important that moving forward that we don’t forget pen and paper.

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Each thank you note should be different and meaningful to the recipient and it’s even more meaningful if “Sent from my iPhone” is not in the signature.

Some tips:

  • If you are an organized person, you might want to keep a stack of cards on hand. Making them personalized makes them even more valuable and important.
  • The tone of your message should match the relationship you have with the person you are addressing it to. For example, a letter to a lifetime friend will be more intimate than one you would send to a prospective employer.

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When in doubt, a simple thank you in any form is the best thing you can do to show your appreciation.

Reasons to say thank you

  • Wedding thank you
  • After a friend hosting delicious dinner
  • Thank you to a wonderful teacher
  • A doctor you are grateful to
  • Your best friend – it is always important for someone to know you are grateful regardless of how close you are to them. Sometimes you take it for granted – especially those times are when it has even more value.
  • neighbour -thank you for understanding
  • After birthday wishes
  • Baby announcement

Ways of saying thank you:

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At its core, giving thanks for something you’ve received, whether it’s an object, an experience or something intangible like forgiveness or support, is something that just needs to be done. The form, timing and details are rarely as important as the simple act of saying thank you.