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Tuscaloosa etiquette coach helps navigate holiday manners

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Johnson has some tried and true advice to navigate holiday parties. Source: WBRC video Johnson has some tried and true advice to navigate holiday parties. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

There are dozens of certified Emily Post "trainers" in the country and one of them happens to call Tuscaloosa home.

FOX6 News caught up Gina Johnson with for tips on some of those sticky situations that can trip people up this time of the year.

Johnson has taught business and social etiquette for years at the University of Alabama and now she's certified through the Emily Post Institute. Johnson says there are some top worries this time of year that can bring down the holiday cheer.

So what if you forget a person's name at a party?

"The way that you handle forgetting someone's name at a party is just to admit it and move on," Johnson said. "Admit it, apologize and move on."

Johnson says it's important to go to your office party but don't act badly and end up on Santa's naughty list. These parties sometimes include alcohol and you don't want to be in a position the next morning where you must apologize for your behavior.

Johnson also says that if someone at a gathering has something on them or out of place, you should tell them. She says to approach it from the attitude that you would want them to tell you about crumbs on your shirt or food in your teeth.

As for holiday tipping, Johnson says you should set aside the cost of one service, such as a haircut. If your budget doesn't allow for that, do something thoughtful like penning a note or baking some treats.

And what about re-gifting? Johnson says it's OK as long as it wouldn't hurt someone's feelings and remove any cards or stickers addressed to you.

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