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Revolving Rules: Who goes first through a revolving door?

Q. Is it appropriate for a man to go first through a revolving door or the woman? We can see both sides of this one but wanted a final ruling.

A. Men traditionally entered a revolving door first if it wasn’t moving, but women went first if it was already in motion. This old bit of etiquette was based on the notion that women needed help to push the door. Today, the person in front enters first and pushes–it is generally a matter of who gets to the door first.

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Unwrapping Woes : When is it appropriate to open gifts?

Q. When you receive a gift that is wrapped, what is the proper way to respond–open it in front of the person giving it, thank them, or ask them if they want you to open it then or later? I’ve asked the latter and have been told ‘it’s up to you’. I’ve wondered about this for years and really would appreciate a reply.

A. If the occasion is a birthday, anniversary, or you are the host of a party/shower and someone is presenting you with a hostess gift, then it is perfectly acceptable to open it in front of the giver. In addition to giving the giver the pleasure of seeing you open their gift, it is an opportunity for you to thank them in person. If you are uncomfortable opening gifts in front of people, then you can simply thank them and say that you will save it to open later in private. For this scenario you would need to send a thank you note afterwards.

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