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Thursday, December 04, 2014
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Friday, December 5th
Festival of Lights at Worcester Common Oval
455 Main Street, Worcester
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Ring in the season at the City of Worcester's Annual Festival of Lights!
Festivities will include performances by the Worcester Public Schools All City Chorus, Seven Hills Charter School Choir and Burncoat High School Quadrivium leading up to the lighting of the tree at
approximately 6 p.m. Following the lighting enjoy visits with Santa Claus on the City Hall Plaza as well as complimentary horse drawn wagon rides around the lighted common. Worcester Common
Oval will open for public skating immediately following the lighting.
Friday, December 5th
Worcester PopUp Holiday Shop
38 Franklin Street, Worcester
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Pop in to the Worcester PopUp throughout the City’s of Festival of Lights celebration to browse and buy from a variety of area artisans who will be showing and selling their works.
Friday – Sunday, December 5th – 7th
Holiday Open Studio & Sale at The Fireworks Studio
38 Harlow Street, Worcester
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12th Annual Open Studio and Sale featuring more than a dozen local ceramicists showing and selling their handmade wares.
Sunday, December 7th
stART at the Station at Union Station
2 Washington Square, Worcester
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Don’t miss this annual holiday and gifting-themed event featuring more than 100 local artists and crafters selling uniquely handmade items!
Sunday, December 7th
Master Singers of Worcester in Concert
First Unitarian Church, 90 Main Street, Worcester
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The Master Singers of Worcester presents "Myriad Colors" featuring music which celebrates color in both sound and text, including Worcester premiere of Mass in Blue.
Related Slideshow: 10 Tips For Holiday Tipping
Here are ten tips to help you determine who to tip and how much this holiday season...
10. It's a gift
You are not obliged to tip at the holidays
While it may be customary, the “etiquette police” aren’t going to arrest you if you fail to give a tip or give less this year than last, because money is tight.
A holiday tip is intended to show appreciation for work and services provided throughout the year. In reality, a holiday tip is a gift, one that should leave you feeling the “joy of giving.” The most important aspect is being thoughtful of another person who you value.
9. Who should get a tip?
Two holiday tipping categories
There are two main categories to consider.
Those service providers that you normally tip for their services – such as hairdressers, manicurists, etc.
Those service providers that are not normally tipped but upon whom you rely throughout the year – such as a babysitter, housekeeper or the newspaper carrier.
In both categories, someone who has provided regular service to you or your family throughout the year is someone you would want to consider tipping, especially in recognition for the times when they have gone above and beyond to meet your needs.Photo: The Plunge Project
8. When tipping is not okay...
...and how to thank them anyway
In some situations, company or government policies may prohibit a service provider from accepting a tip in the form of money. For example, mail carriers working for the US Postal Service are prohibited from accepting cash or cash equivalents such as gift cards….but if you want to give a small box of chocolates, that might be very much appreciated (so long as the dollar value of the chocolates is under $20.)
7. How much to tip?
Easy holiday tipping math
An easy rule of thumb to remember is that the tip should be equal to the cost of “one service” provided. From that starting point, the amount might be adjusted upwards for an extraordinary level of service or downward to fit within one’s personal budget.
6. Home services tipping
They help your home run smoothly
Here are some specific tip ranges for those folks who provide services around your household:
* Housekeeper 1 week’s pay
* Nanny 1 week’s pay + a small gift from child
* Newspaper Carrier $15 to $30
* Package Carrier $15
* Home Caregiver 1 week’s pay
* Babysitter the equivalent of one evening’s pay
* Private Sanitation workers $5-$10 each
5. Personal services tipping
The folks who make you (and your pet!) look and feel good
Don't forget the men and women who provide personal services throughout the year. Here are some good ranges for holiday tipping:
* Fitness Trainer Cost of one session
* Pet groomer 50% to the full cost of one service
* Hairstylist 50% to the full cost of one service
* Manicurist $10 - $15
3. Tipping on a budget (Part I)
Money is tight, but you want to do the right thing.
Save a little each month. Perhaps the easiest to aspire too…but the hardest to actual follow through on, is to create a personal “Holiday Tip” fund and set aside some money each month toward end of the year tips. This approach lessens the sticker shock at the end of the year.
For this year, make a set-aside for the next 3 weeks and you'll feel the pinch less right before the holiday.
2. Tipping on a budget (Part II)
Give as a group
When appropriate, give as a group. When tipping some like daycare providers or teachers, for example, consider collecting donations from all of the families, and then giving the tip on behalf of the group, with a nice card signed by everyone.
1. Tipping on a budget (Part III)
Make it personal
If you do give less, include a note. Not of explanation of why you can’t be as generous, but rather a personal note, letting the service provider know how much you appreciate their efforts. It is always an option to include a small gift…but say no to the holiday junk…no one really wants a Santa Holiday Mug full of candy. Really.
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