Category: Good Manners

What You See is What You Get … Sorta

Today was a beautiful fall day with some rare quiet time at my house. Such a treat with an extra hour or so to go through a box of mail, papers, and magazines that have set too long and are begging to be sorted. They’re full of good articles that I wanted to re-read. One…


What is a Gentleman?

We see Christianity’s timeless, powerful and wise influence upon the world of manners from one of my older etiquette book’s first chapter: “What is a gentleman? The question is an old one. It cannot be ancestry, for often the son of the most noble and honored parentage is merely a coarse compound of clay and…


Spitting–Missing the Mark

Spitting in public is nothing new. It’s not unsual when out and about to see youngish swaggering guys launch their slobbery marks in an attempt to appear awesome.¬† However, rather than being a cool macho thing, spitting has long been recognized as inconsiderate, rude, and even childish.¬†…


Don’t worry, be Happy

In case you haven’t noticed–happiness includes more than thinking right thoughts. It involves wise actions that are taught and learned. Insightful training and the practices of good manners, including¬† etiquette’s many trustworthy Christian based rules, contribute greatly to happiness. Yes, they do!…


A Stitch in Time

The saying “Good manners are the stitches that hold the fabric of society together” also applies to the home front. Happy households are safe places where individual actions and words build up others, rather than tear down….


A New Look for Protocol Matters

Welcome to Protocol Matter’s new look … photos and a few cool additions are still to come, but thanks to Carl from Adonai Media, Inc., we are up and going again. I think you’ll like the new tags and categories, which make it easier to locate specific topics and scout out the vast terrain of…


Can I do my own birthday party?

Question: Could you address the topic of throwing a party on the occasion of one’s own birthday? Are there guidelines for doing so graciously, or is the entire concept just tacky?…


Bridal registry & gift protocol

Question: We have many friends from out of town who will not be able to attend my daughter’s wedding or her bridal shower. The groom’s family is also out of state. Yet these families would like to send a gift. What is the best way to inform them where the bride and groom are registered?…