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.”


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 and California native living in the Santa Barbara area. She has been researching her own family for almost three decades, and providing research services to others for about 8 years.

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