Thanksgiving etiquette tips

Posted Monday, November 25, 2013 --- 6:18 p.m.

Prepping for the big meal can be a lot work, cooking and cleaning, but there is one thing you might want to add to your to-do list. Talking to your family about how to act at the dinner table.

"The words of my grandfather ring in my ear that children should be seen and not heard."

Times have changed since hospitality instructor Anne Strochkirch was a kid but she says not all the changes are for the good.

"The art of having family dinners is kind of lost now days. I think families need to get back to those traditions and being together and practice practice practice."

The biggest offense these days? Technology at the table.

"It tells the guest that's sitting across from you that you're not important enough, my laptop is or my cell phone is. You need to refocus and remember that these are the people you grew up with and are friends and family and they're 10x more important."

According to Anne, texting teens and workaholics need to take a step back and remember what the holiday is about.

"The nice thing about Thanksgiving is that it's all about the family and giving thanks and praise and giving thanks for the things you have."

And that goes for the Packers game too. She says once the food is on the table, the T.V. needs to be off.

With Thanksgiving being the first holiday of the season, it's a time for families to catch up but Anne says there are some topics you want to steer clear of.

"Stay away from gossip maybe don't ask why so and so isn't married, or why they don't have kids yet or when they're going to get that job."

So if you make it through dinner without any texting or family feuds, there's just one more tip Anne says all good guests need to follow.

"I believe you should always help with the dishes, clear the plates, the host has done so much work, pre prep and expense."

If you can do all of that congrats! Now you have a month until you have to worry about Christmas.

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