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YourVoice: Living

The Dad Game: Last-minute thoughts and gifts to wrap the year

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With just a few days until Christmas (and only a couple of weeks left in the whole year), it's time to take a quick break from shopping and go back to the basics for a moment.

Etiquette column: Be gracious but honest when given a duplicate gift, or something that doesn't fit

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Q.: Karen, I gave one of my favorite cookbooks as a gift to a very good friend. I could tell by the expression on her face that she already had a copy of the book, so I asked her directly. She politely said she did have a copy.

Etiquette column: Get kids into good habit of writing thank you notes

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Q.: Karen, is it essential for children to send handwritten thank you notes to family members for Christmas gifts if they thank them in person?

Etiquette column: A guide to holiday tipping

Q.: Karen, could you give some guidelines for holiday tipping? I am always unsure of who I should tip and how much.