Are you posh?
Are we? Is anyone? How could we possibly tell?
We all like to get a little fancy at Christmas (i.e. eat dinner off the good plates), but what really signifies that you’re from good breeding at this time of year?
Well according to high society mag Tatler, there are certain etiquette rules that posh people stick to on Christmas morning.
If you follow these in your house, congratulations. You’re better than the rest of us.
Waiting to open presents.
You may be dying to tear into the handbag-shaped parcel under the tree, but suck it up.
Opening your pressies before you have breakfast is “considered a bit vulgar and unbridled,” Tatler says.
It’s best to wait until after church, they say, and if you’re especially posh you’ll wait until after lunch and a walk before getting into your pressies.
Having an appropriate reaction when you open your gifts.
There’s no worse pressure than unwrapping a present in front of others, but if you’re posh you’ll be well able.
You should, Tatler espouses, be prepared for something you really don’t like with responses like “Useful presents are the best…” or “This is too generous – you must absolutely never get me a present again.”
Taking cues from your in-laws.
To be fair, this is one that anyone with a bit of cop-on would follow.
It’s only proper to “go by the law of whoever’s house you’re staying in,” according to Tatler.