Marcia and I will be traveling to Las Vegas tomorrow for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, where on Thursday, we will give thanks and then eat ourselves into food comas. Katelin and John are handling the cooking this year, so I will not be preparing my most excellent (if I say so myself) Thanksgiving Casserole this time around. But dropping that densely compacted white trash lasagna dish just adds to the consumptively celebratory nature of the family affair, with full-on turkey parts flying and loads of side dishes on decadent display, the better to sate every hunger that has ever been, ever. John’s mother and her husband will also be joining us and adding their family’s traditional holiday dish of home-made buttered egg noodles, which are utterly scrumptious and decadent and drool-worthy. Perfect for the day!
It seems a good time this afternoon, in advance of our trip, to review and re-share our family’s “Thanksgiving Rules of Decorum” for this most gluttonous of gatherings. It’s always good form to govern group gatherings with strict constraints, even among beloved family members. Here’s hoping your own family traditions have their own rules of decorum, and that they result in spectacularly successful holiday results.
1. Gristle may be sucked off bones at the table, but cracking bones to remove the marrow must be done in the kitchen.
2. If there are no pets in the room to blame, all flatulence must be held until such time as a particularly funny joke is told, and the accidental emission adds to the mirth.
3. The tube of cranberry sauce is a decoration, not a food. No touching!
4. You must clear your plate of all objects put upon it before beginning round two. Even stuffed tomatoes.
5. You may only hide unwanted peas within a bread roll if there are enough rolls to ensure that everyone else gets as many as they want. If rolls run out, you must eat your pea filled roll before you leave the table.
6. No matter how you hold the fork, it is wrong. If anyone chooses to notice this fact, you must skip a round and look contrite while others eat.
7. Discussion of bodily functions should be reserved for the pause between main course and desert. Comparisons of bodily functions to objects on the table may result in a fork mishandling penalty and forfeiture of dessert rights.
8. If someone disappears for more than 90 seconds, everyone at the table must loudly inquire as to their whereabouts, and ask at loud volume whether everything is okay in there.
9. No additional butter is required on the Stouffers Mac and Cheese, unless it touches anything green and you need to offset the effect of the vitamins and minerals.
10. You may not take the ham-bone out of the green beans and pass them on without taking at least six beans, and not hiding them in your roll. You may elect to butter them before eating.
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So thankful we do not have to celebrate any thanksgiving down here. Christmas Rules of Decorum is another matter. We have the usual: all beds must be made before any present is opened then it’s just get on with it. No more rules apply but we do expect some help clearing the tables and washing up the good silver and china by hand. Happy Thanksgiving and love to you and your family.
Our biggest Christmas rule was passed down from my grandmother . . . It regarded the care and re-use of bows and boxes. A bow bag was always handy when gift opening began, and they were to be carefully removed from gifts and placed in the bag. Boxes were also carefully opened and flattened. It got to be a joke at some point as we got to recognize certain bows and certain boxes year after year after year, adding to the amusement of unwrapping. I am thankful for lovely friends like you, and hope you and your family are having a wonderful summer!
Thank you 🙂