Monday, December 24, 2007

Etiquette for normal people.

It seems that etiquette demands your passive acceptance of really crap gifts. The example given is a goat for someone on the other side of the world. You are supposed to show good humour while the selfish git that got it for you gets the satisfaction of salving their conscience by helping out some poor third worlder instead of buying you a gift whilst you have bought them the latest X Factor CD. Oh wait. Forget that. Maybe that's why you got the goat.

Anyway they have effectively given you something they wanted and you have to smile and say thank you. These are clearly do gooders and have no place in our giving and caring society. Wait! No. That is right when it comes to presents for me.

Well a word of advice. if you do so then that's all you will get from now on. Best make a really cutting sarcastic remark and make it plain you are not happy. They will get over it after you apologise later in private. Never do it straight away and make sure it is not too much of an apology. Just enough to make the point you were pissed off and you would be again. Next year though they will be a bit more considerate. Now before you equate this to Aunt Mabel giving you yet another jumper. That is fine to accept graciously because that's all you will ever get and she ain't that selfish she probably has 100 grand kids to provide for on the measly pension Gordo has left her. On the other hand the cost of a goat will get you some decent kit.

And finally prepare. Next year get them something you like. Then prepare two gifts. The one you bought they would like and as they are likely to be whingy whiney do gooders a day out shooting or off roading or something. Ensure you get their gift first and then respond with the right gift. Then see how they do at smiling and being nice when it comes to it.

On the other hand if you like getting the dirty end of the stick then read here on how to smile while you are.

And if you are one of those that actually requests these gifts then you have my admiration.


At 9:22 pm, Blogger Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

Absolutely essential to throw crap gifts back at them and tell them to go back and get you a proper one.

Merry Christmas, Bag.


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