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5 Step Children's Manners Makeover for the Holidays - Step 1 – Table Manners
Written by Cindy Post Senning  
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5 Step Children's Manners Makeover for the Holidays
Step 1 – Table Manners
Step 2 - Table Conversation
Step 3 - Gifts You Don’t Wrap
Step 4 - Greetings and Handshakes
Step 5 - Giving and Receiving Gifts:
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Welcome to the “Spruce Up the Manners” – Step One!

Holidays typically mean meals; meals mean table manners.   So let’s begin there:

 Practice setting a simple table setting:  fork on the left, knife and spoon on the right (knife next to the plate), glass on the right above the knife and spoon. (The kids can help with the table decorations – make holiday place cards, ask the kids to make up a seating plan, create a special holiday centerpiece – not so high you can’t see over it!)

Then review the basics and practice, practice, practice:

  1. Wash up.
  2. Napkin in lap.
  3. Wait until all are served or the hostess begins to eat.
  4. Please and thank you.
  5. Hold utensils properly.
  6. Chew with your mouth closed.
  7. Offer to help clear.
  8. Thank you to the cook!

Next we’ll take a look at the social side of a holiday meal: the table conversation.