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Taking Control of the Kiss
People use the holidays as an excuse for kissing everyone and anyone who’ll let them. How do I fend off germy kisses without being rude? I don’t want to be sick for New Years again.
–Andrea M., Providence, RI
Kiss me, kiss me not. At first sighting of an approaching pucker, extend your hand for a serious shake and say, "I wouldn't want you to get what I'm getting over." If that doesn't whet their whistle without damaging their spirits, fend them off further by extending both out-stretched hands and grab both shoulders to keep them from coming any closer saying, "Now, now, hold that kiss for the New Year."