Etiquette Boss: Labor Day Etiquette

September 1, 2015 Phillipa Morrish
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Labor Day is second only to the Fourth of July holiday for violating flag etiquette, whether deliberately or due to a lack of knowledge. At most Labor Day family barbeques, there is an abundance of disposable flag items, such as napkins, paper plates, cups or candy wrappers. Of course, the intention is to show patriotism, but we should be aware that it is against flag protocol for the flag to be placed on any item that is made to be used and immediately discarded as trash.

Flag protocol is not the law, so no one can be arrested for violating it; however we should be aware of the flag code and then choose whether or not we agree with the guiding principle. We can then decide whether or not to follow it. I agree that this is all symbolic, but symbolism is a huge part of any society. (For example, the color red symbolizes blood, danger; hence we know road signs painted in red are meant to convey a warning.)

Door mats should never have flag designs for the same reason: wiping feet on an image of the flag conveys disrespect for that image. Tearing the image of a flag on a candy wrapper and throwing it in a trash receptacle is likewise seen as dishonoring the image printed on the wrapper. It is quite acceptable to purchase disposables with the colors of the flag. The complete image of the flag is when the code comes into effect.

Beauty Tips –

What can we do while watching television, reading, or relaxing that would help our anti-aging plan without it seeming to be too much work. Just place your right palm against your forehead and push while creating a resistance with your palm. Use your other hand to feel under your neck and you will see that various muscles under your chin are being exercised. Do this about ten times.

You can do the same by placing your palm at the sides of your head and pushing against it. Easy does it, begin slowly and stop at the first sign of discomfort. Consistent exercise will bring you results. Place your forefinger against the tip of your nose while attempting to push down with your top lip. This will strengthen and restore a perky nose muscle that tends to droop and stretch with age.

Phillipa Morrish is the President of Etiquette Training International.

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