Even the most polite and positive guests can experience an undeniable foot-in-mouth moment over the holidays, when sleep depravation and festive cocktail over-consumption can easily cloud judgment. Protect hosts from unnecessarily hurt feelings (and yourself from unneeded hostility) during the most vulnerable time of the year with our short primer on the phrases and questions to avoid when you're welcomed to a friend or family member's home this holiday.
1. "This must have been a fortune!"
Maybe it was. But your comment will likely make hosts feel self-conscious about their spending. Keep the conversation around the beauty of the pieces or the clever choices of the host, not the financial commitment.
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2. "Let me help tidy up before the rest of the guests arrive."
Wonderful sentiment; terrible execution. Be wary of the implication that the home needs extra cleaning (and that the host is therefore incompetent.) IfRead More »from What NOT to Say to Your Holiday Hosts This Season