10 Polite Gestures We Miss from the Old Days!Rose Heichelbech
Remember back in the good old days of being excited to receive letters and going to parties where people dressed up? It seems like some of the etiquette we grew up with is being left by the roadside. But, there are so many niceties that show people how much you care. Here are some of the manners we miss that used to be really common!
1) Leaving Parties
Back when parties often had guests of honor, it was proper to remain at the party until the honored person left. Dashing out before they did to go to another event was not okay. Once the guest of honor left it would be a sign that the other guests should head out as well. If we started doing this again it might it easier to know when to leave!
2) Dressing Up
Even if it wasn’t a party, you were supposed to look nice at the dinner table. Maybe it wasn’t a grand affair, but clean hands and combed hair were a must. Bonus points for a decent outfit.
3) Eating At the Table
We always had dinner at the table, most meals in fact. It was just how things were done back then. It was nice to be able to talk during dinner and to be together with your friends or family.
4) Always Using Your Silverware
With the exception of casual meals or certain types of foods, you just did not eat with your hands. You ate with your knife and fork and you did so quietly and correctly.
5) Holding Doors
This is a big one that has gone away. Men used to hold the door for a lady, shop door, car door, all of them. It didn’t matter if you didn’t know the lady, just that you had good manners.