Thursday, 24 December 2015

The extra Christmas plate.

One of the best things I heard this year is that my friend E's mother always puts an additional plate on the Christmas table: in case anyone wants to join. If somebody does, E explains, they should feel like they were awaited all along - and not getting the feeling of intruding something, the way you do when the table is not set for you but the hosts hurries to get you a plate and a glass. No; it should all be there, as if you were expected.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

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