Christmas Dinner Seating Plan


The same cast of characters will be attending this year’s Christmas dinner…Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and the other reindeer, as well as Cindy Lou Who, Buddy the Elf, the Nutcracker, and Frosty. After hearing complaints about who sat at which table for years I finally devised a plan to eliminate the need for a “kid’s table” a couple of years ago.

Names of characters from Christmas songs, movies, and poems replace guests names on place cards.
Names of characters from Christmas songs, movies, and poems replace guests names on place cards.

Place cards indicate the seating plan for guests, but instead of the names of the guests the cards are printed with the names of characters from Christmas songs, books, and movies. Guests draw names out of a bag to determine which seat they are assigned. We no longer sit with all of the “adults” (grandparents, parents, aunts, and uncles) in the dining room and the “kids” (none of whom are under eighteen) in the kitchen or living room. Instead, we mix it up. It’s been a great plan even if couples are separated; they’ll survive for the course of a meal.

I bet Grandpa ends up at the dining room table again this year. Does he pay you to change seats with him?

Three candy canes tied with ribbon serve as decorative place card holders.
Three candy canes tied with ribbon serve as decorative place card holders.

 

 

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