Sunday, July 12, 2009

A slideshow on Good Housekeeping

Holiday Party Etiquette 101

A hostess is within her rights to ask guests to remove their shoes — especially if it's snowing or raining outside. If it makes you uncomfortable, bring an extra pair of your own shoes so you won't have to go barefoot. In fact, she should offer slippers so you won't be cold or embarrassed. That said, a good hostess should be flexible. If she doesn't know her guests well or is having a big party, she should suspend the no-shoes rule, at least for one night.

The Good Housekeeping magazine has consistently been very favourable towards the idea of a shoes-off rule.


Kev said...

Magazines and websites can play their part in furthering the cause, but it's national exposure on news items and popular soaps and dramas that's required for "shoes off" to sink into the greater British consciousness.

There are plenty of soaps where characters could be required to remove their shoes when entering a person's home and, portrayed as hesitant, they could be won over with a "vote-winning" explanation that makes perfect and implementable sense for the viewer.

Alas in the past examples haven't amounted to much beyond a religious cult in Coronation Street many years ago, and more receently the peculiar mother of a peculiar daughter in the third series of Skins.

Celestial Fundie said...

I did see an episode of the Australian soap, Home and Away, where a character adopte the policy after having his carpets cleaned. That was many years ago.

What religious cult was that? If you have any internet info on those stories in Coronation Street and Skins, it would be of interest to me.

Kev said...

In Australian soaps they're more likely to be sitting with their shoes on the furniture though it seems!

A relevant bit from Skins can be found at the two minute mark of this:

There's a character biog from Coronation Street below which mentions the cult at the end. Obviously it and its practices were not portrayed in a positive light.

Celestial Fundy said...


Kev said...

I forgot to add this from the first episond of The League Of Gentlemen.

Celestial Fundy said...

The League are as mad as ever in that video.

I watched the Skins video.

I though the eccentric mother was delightful!

Played by the lady from 'Smack the Pony' I think.

Kev said...

They're all amusing, but to me portray offism as at least in the penumbra of our mores, with more than a hint of peciliarity. What do other readers out there think?

Celestial Fundy said...

They might not be reading a post this old.

I toyed with linking to the Skins video, but I can't really appove of all the content morally.

Kev said...

I didn't watch much of series three. It came across rather as an exercise in excessive behaviour, taking thr first two as reference points for normality!

At least a little corner of it remained shoeless, as I recall, thinking about it now, was the case in the very first episode, which involved a party also.