3 ways to make holidays extra merry

December 16, 2016

Everyone gets a tip during the holidays: The hair stylist, the letter carrier, the dog walker. But what about restaurant servers? We surveyed nearly 1,000 restaurant employees and analyzed data from more than 8,000 restaurants around the country, and found that it really is the most wonderful time of the year for restaurant workers. Tips for them increase during the holiday season, from an average of 19.47 percent to 24.13 percent. (Valentine’s Day is another holiday with above-average tipping, at 22.25 percent.) 

More than half of our survey respondents were servers; the rest were bartenders, managers and chefs. From that pool, 98