With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about family get-togethers, gift-giving, and feasting. Here are a few basics you might want to review with the family prior to the holidays:
For children (Yes, trust me, they can do this! It just might take a little practice.):
- Remain seated at the table until you have been excused. Ask to be excused if necessary.
- Never complain about any of the food (this goes for adults, too, of course). Instead, be gracious and try everything.
- Be considerate by remaining quiet, or carrying on pleasant (“inside voice”!) conversation when appropriate. No rowdy behavior at the table!
- Your napkin goes in your lap.
- The salt and pepper always travel as a pair. If one is asked for, both are passed.
- Be aware of your elbows. Family gatherings often mean tight seating arrangements, so try not to invade your neighbor’s personal space even when cutting into that steak…
- Always thank the host, the hostess, and compliment the cooks. This makes for positive, uplifting conversation.
- Wait to start eating until everyone has been served.
- Try to keep the conversation appropriate to mealtimes (e.g. Avoid disturbing/gross topics, etc.).
- Being an adult does not win you the right to complain about the food, or be inconsiderate by appearing “picky”. Please don’t ever make a big deal about foods you won’t eat. Be gracious and try everything. It’s simply not that hard.
- If you or a loved one has food allergies/sensitivities, now is not the time to make a fuss over it. In fact, the topic does not even have to come up at the table. If you’ve brought special food, allow it to be enjoyed, but not as a focal point. It’s just not all about you. It’s about a feast, family time, enjoying the blessings that God has given us.