The waiting is finally over.  Children around the world are getting ready to open those holiday presents they’ve eagerly been waiting for. But with all the fun and excitement that comes with finding out what’s inside those wrapped boxes, it’s also a terrific opportunity to train children how to receive gifts graciously – even if they don’t necessarily love what they’ve just opened.

Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette expert, author, and the founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide, says these very important lessons aren’t just good during the holidays, but will stick with your kids to show appreciation throughout the year.

Schweitzer’s advice for teaching kids to receive holiday gifts graciously:



Helping kids understand the meaning behind different expressions of gratitude, is a more effective strategy.  Explain to your child that thanking someone represents your appreciation for the time spent thinking of you or doing something for you. With that perspective, no matter what the gift is, their gratitude will be genuine every time.

Schweitzer says gratitude is a blessing, so share the wealth this holiday season, and your kids will learn to spread it all throughout the year.


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