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Christmas and (Crawling to) HouseParents

Post by stellavision » Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:29 pm

Hi - a bit of advice needed for a newby parent of a 2nd Former - what is the etiquette on buying Christmas (or for that matter Summer as well!) Thank You Gifts for the Houseparents / Matrons .......? on the one had I'm frightfully skint but on the other I feel that I ought to ingratiate myself a little with the people who care for my child ....... at primary school a bottle of plonk was considered the norm :drinkers: what does anyyone think?

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Post by J.R. » Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:59 pm

Rather a awkward question, given that house-parents or relatives thereof read and post on here.

I would have thought just a lovely Christmas Card bearing thanks and good wishes would go far.
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Post by Ajarn Philip » Sat Nov 29, 2008 6:34 pm

J.R. wrote:I would have thought just a lovely Christmas Card bearing thanks and good wishes would go far.
I agree.

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Post by Mrs C. » Sat Nov 29, 2008 10:14 pm

We used to get chocolates and bottles of wine etc - but by far the best were the small hand-made gifts we received from some of the parents, and,of course, the personal messages.

I doubt if anyone would expect you to be buying presents though - it is by no means "the norm" , so don`t feel you have to!
If you can just spare a couple of minutes to wish your child`s Houseparents a Happy Christmas, that wil be more than enough!
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Re: Christmas and (Crawling to) HouseParents

Post by stellavision » Sun Nov 30, 2008 1:39 pm

Thanks all for your advice, that does take the pressure off somewhat! I shall don my pinny .... and if there is anything chocolatey left in this house by the 13th, I'll take it in.

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Re: Christmas and (Crawling to) HouseParents

Post by englishangel » Sun Nov 30, 2008 2:02 pm

My daughter is making goodies for all her Uni friends, she has become known as a bit of a baking queen. She has bought her own muffin pan, and has asked for a baking sheet for her cookie making for a Christmas present.
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Re: Christmas and (Crawling to) HouseParents

Post by huggermugger » Mon Dec 15, 2008 6:32 pm

Hello -

a bit of a late reply but we hand over a bottle of wine for the House staff (I know our Housemaster plays fair & shares the largesse around) and something small (smellies/chocs etc) for the Matrons. It's a job of long hours and hard work and certainly in our House they do a sterling job so I like to show my/our appreciation.

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Post by Great Plum » Thu Feb 19, 2009 1:33 pm

A very late reply here...

I know when my parents were houseparents, they used to get a large number of presents, from bottles of whiskey to choclates to homemade chutneys and once, a brace of pheasants! :-)
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