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Tis the season to be invited to parties or to invite others to parties! The cold weather, the bright lights, the tightly wrapped presents, the abundance of credit cards, and the warmth of a good stiff drink encourage society to throw Holiday parties right about now.

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Tis the season to be invited to parties or to invite others to parties! The cold weather, the bright lights, the tightly wrapped presents, the abundance of credit cards, and the warmth of a good stiff drink encourage society to throw Holiday parties right about now.

Image of a snowy mountain peak.

The Holiday festivities, no matter what faith you abide by, make the cold onset of winter that much more livable. And for every party invitation there must be a resonse. Right? After living in Sacramento for the last two years though, I have come to the conclusion that Dear Abby or any other basic etiquette column has never been published here. Perhaps, all of the other cities in our great nation were privy to etiquette classes, columns, seminars and the like, while Sacramento was by-passed? Is that possible? Or were the etiquette manuals just burned to make enough heat to heat up the crack pipe?

No matter, I will do my part to help with just a basic rule of thumb. It goes like this:

“When you are invited to a Holiday party (or any party for that matter) one should respond with an appropriate ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ within an appropriate amount of time.” Its a golden rule that helps make civilized society function in an ordinary capacity. Without this rule, we may even have utter chaos or at least some form of Baptist picnic on the brink of our collapsing levees. (Kind of the same thing no?) One should not wait to see if any ‘better’ offers come in before responding.

After two years in the city of trees, I have come to the conclusion that most of Sacramento believes that the rule reads like this: “When asked to a party, one should first wait a very long time to see if anyone else is doing something different. Then take all of your potential offers, weigh them, and only then should one make a decision about which event to attend. Responses are just a formality and not necessary. After all, we all live in the same city, so if one doesn’t show up at a party then the host can surmise that one is not going to attend.” Right?

OY VEY! And people here wonder why there is no culture?

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