- At the very least, treat your chair like a Church pew and sit up straight. Don't forget to smile big:))
- After you sit down, don't touch, eat or drink anything. Don't even put your napkin in your lap until the Host places his or her napkin in their lap, signaling the beginning of the meal.
- Have an age appropriate blessing in your head, just in case you are called upon to say Grace.
- Just like in the movie "Titanic," do as the famous character the unsinkable Molly Brown says: "Just work your way from the outside in," the key to the place setting universe.
- If you are still, or ever confused about the flat silver or table accouterments, simply pause, look and observe others around the table.
- Hold your fork like a pencil, not like a shovel.
- As your Mother has told you 1000 times, chew with your mouth closed and keep your elbows off the table.
- If you are passed a dish you dislike, smile broadly, say a polite and enthusiastic "Thank you," and keep the dish moving, passing it immediately to your left.
- If you need to leave the table for any reason, simply say: "Please excuse me," and place your napkin in your chair, the International silent signal for "I will return, please do not take my plate."
- Pace yourself with others at the table and when you are finished with your meal and are excused from the table, place your napkin to the left of your plate and remember to push your chair back in, under the big table.
So, impress others with your positive attitude and table appropriate conversation. Laugh, enjoy, and have big fun being with your family and friends at Christmas and during the Holiday Season.
Please remember for the Holidays: "What we keep we lose, only what we give remains our own."