For your holiday viewing enjoyment, I now present Thanksgiving Dining Etiquette for Young Children: Dining Together (ca. 1951).

Let the fantasies begin.

I can’t help but wonder how they got that family to behave so nicely.

“At the first Thanksgiving, the Indians didn’t eat turkey with a fork, but it is easy to learn to use one the right way to take small mouthfuls.”

“It is good to learn to chew with lips closed, and when to take a drink.”

HILARIOUS!

And what’s up with those Christmas sweaters?

This will not be the scene in my house today. Except maybe for the sweaters.

For the record, I already know “when to take a drink.”

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Copyright © by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth is a professional genealogist, writer, and consultant. Likes: long walks in the cemetery, and the smell of old courthouse books. Dislikes: people who copy stuff off the internet without giving credit, and county clerks who can't tell the difference between Eastern and Pacific time zones. Secretly hopes her daughter will one day develop an interest in family history (but no luck so far).

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