When you’re out during the holiday season—enjoying dinner, shopping, or a show— should you tip the workers you encounter? When you tip for the holidays, what are you truly saying?
While a commonly recognized definition of tipping is to ensure prompt service, the holidays are different. Tipping during the holiday season is really a way to give a present or gesture of gratitude to someone for a job well-done this past year. But the stresses of financial and social pressure begin to rear their ugly heads this time of year—and they complicate the issue of tipping.