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Saying Grace This Thanksgiving.

If you don’t normally say grace in your home but are invited to someone else’s home where they do say grace, we want to share some pointers to help you navigate your Thanksgiving holiday table.

Some families say grace at every meal. Some families say it at every dinner. Some families say grace only on special occasions, like Thanksgiving. And some don’t say grace at all. As a result, some don’t know the etiquette rules of saying grace.

The two most important things to remember are not to eat or drink before grace is said and not to put your napkin on your lap before grace is said.

Hopefully, the host will announce, as guests are called to the table, that grace will be said. One is always marvelously well-mannered when one follows the host’s lead – remain standing or sit depending on what your host does. Also remember the host touches their napkin first, after grace is said.

Sometimes guests are asked to say a grace. In the event you are asked, don’t be intimidated. What an honor. Smile, speak clearly and say something nice. If you don’t know what to say, keep it short and simple – and offer thanks for the meal.

Indeed, grace is said to show thanks for the food. Everyone should be thankful for the food, whatever their beliefs may be. It is always well-mannered to show respect for your host by bowing your head and participating in grace.

Have a marvelous week - Catherine

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