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Old 03.06.2016, 12:26
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Re: Swiss etiquette

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The Godparent has to do ALL of these?
No no, fear not. It is just a selection of ideas what the Swissies did/do on this occasion. But if course everyone is free to choose something to their liking or perhaps something the new parents wish for or a contribution to....for example, new baby bed, pram, high chair for the table or some such thing.
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Old 03.06.2016, 13:26
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"taking shoes off yes" When I came here over 20 years ago then almost every home visit required me to remove my shoes.

Now I can only think of two people (homes) who expect me to remove my shoes.

Maybe times have changed or I have a different social circle (almost 100% of this circle are Swiss)
My OH (he's Swiss) always tells people they should leave their shoes on... but then, he doesn't have to clean the floor. I usually don't care. It depends on the weather and how dirty their shoes are.

I automatically ask if I should take off my shoes when I go to someones house. It's just polite.
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Old 03.06.2016, 13:37
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Re: Swiss etiquette

Depends on the weather, what day of the week it is (cleaner comes on Wednesdays), how many guests, etc. If I have many guests and/or it's Monday/Tuesday and I haven't had time to run the hoover around on the weekend, they can keep their shoes on. However, many people don't feel comfortable doing that and even the workmen who sporadically come to check stuff always either take off their shoes or put plastic covers over their shoes. I walk around barefoot or in socks at home (all physiotherapists I had recommended this, in addition to telling me to pay attention to rolling the foot properly - I'm looking at you, heel stompers) but I have slippers for guests that are washed regularly if they wish to use them.
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Old 03.06.2016, 13:49
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Re: Swiss etiquette

Actually I could use a little advice on the topic:


I'm having a little get together tonight (wet weather!), and we have fairly brand new sensitive hardwood floors.


The obvious thing would be to instruct people to take off their shoes, and we have a large bag of ~50 pairs of brand new slippers by the door.


I don't really want to greet each guest with having to remind them to take off their shoes - I feel like a passive aggressive parent.


But if I do, there`s always one or two who will forget, not notice, or not want to, and if I ask them once I will be eyeballing their feet for the rest of the evening. I really want to avoid any negative energy.


In the end, the floors will be washed anyways, and scratches and buff marks will happen over use and will need to be treated.


Is it worth the hassle?
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Re: Swiss etiquette

Just tell them you have new floors that are beautiful but sensitive and that you have comfy slippers. Chances are, some will have uncomfortable wet shoes on anyway and will be glad to swap them for dry slippers.
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Re: Swiss etiquette

I am 100% with Kittster on that one.

And after all it is your home, your rules and more importantly your money who paid for the new floor or you who will have to stump up the cash for repairs.

I think it is worth the hassle, as it shouldn't be any hassle at all but common courtesy of your guests, especially with our current weather, not to drag mud, wetness etc in.


If you live in a flat (as do I), then it is always very lovely when neighbours have visitor, preferably with high heels........actually I don't hear the noise, but I feel the clack clack clack through both floors up to mine......
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Re: Swiss etiquette

I spent quite a while living in Hawaii, where removing one's shoes is customary upon entering the house. Since the weather is so warm, most everyone wears sandals or flip flops of some sort. So when you have multiple guests over or throw a party, most everyone is barefoot in the house.

Upon leaving, you often find that someone else has made off with your sandals/flip flops/ what have you. Maybe by accident, or maybe they were just upgrading to a better pair...

It doesn't matter. No one is really bothered. Life is too short to worry about flip flops. (unless you had some really nice Rainbow brand sandals, in which case you might want to hide them somewhere near the door, lol...)
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Is it worth the hassle?
Only you can answer that, your home and your rules.
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Old 03.06.2016, 17:28
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Eating with just the fork? Many people here do that from what I`ve observed. I do too - if there`s nothing to cut with a knife.
As a vegetarian, can't remember the last time that I needed a knife.
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Re: Swiss etiquette

Not so happy with people asking me to remove my footwear, if I agree to this demand then who knows what else they will ask me to remove in future
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As a vegetarian, can't remember the last time that I needed a knife.
True, you do not need to kill vegetables before you eat them
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It's called "Zig Zag" eating.

I tried it once and couldn't do it.
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Re: Swiss etiquette

Now, just as we are all about to take our shoes off, along comes a Swiss article saying that for appearances sake it is better to expect your guests to keep their shoes on. Hosts should wear proper shoes, not slippers when entertaining...

http://www.derbund.ch/leben/style/st...dossier_id=527
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Now, just as we are all about to take our shoes off, along comes a Swiss article saying that for appearances sake it is better to expect your guests to keep their shoes on. Hosts should wear proper shoes, not slippers when entertaining...

http://www.derbund.ch/leben/style/st...dossier_id=527
Exactly. That's more like my upbringing/experience/attitude.
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