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coming to the table

The holidays are a special time to come together to the table. The wonderful traditions and memories flood my mind...the smells, the sounds, the comment made by a relative to another that exploded into a full-blown debate! Sometimes the table can become a contentious place...a little too much wine and things are said that may have been better if they were not especially in our current social times.  How can you bring the heart of hospitality to your table and keep the dialogue flowing safely? Let's start with the origin of the word hospitality...hospitalis which is also the Latin root of another word, hospital...the place for healing. Rather than putting all the focus on the food, spend some time focusing on the mood. Put people at ease by dimming the lights and using candlelight, choosing foods that are comfort foods of your gathering, and adding niceties like a handwritten name card which signals, you have a place at my table. Finally, it is essential to call everyone together i…

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