New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Harald-Zaftunp, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, March 12,1987Dear AbbyRoad to Holiday Harmony Is Paved With Paper Plates
DEAR ABBY: I had to laugh when I read the letter from “Dishpan Hands in Mass.,” who cooked a holiday dinner for 16, then had to clean up alone after the whole lot of them. (She hinted for help, but nobody volunteered.)
Last Christmas was my turn to have the family dinner for between 35 and 40. Everybody brought something, but I made the turkey. Guess what? I started a new tradition. I bought heavy duty plates, paper cups and plastic “silverware.” I set my table with colorful holiday paper tablecloths «nd napkins. After the meal, I just grabbed all four corners of each cloth and stuffed everything into a
large plastic trash can. No dishpan hands for me!
MARY ANN IN LANCASTER, KY.
DEAR MARY ANN: Welcome to the club. According to my mail, a surprising number of people have taken to entertaining the easy way at holiday time. They save their energy by using disposable items whenever possible, and save the “fine china” for smaller parties.
P.S. Paper and plastic will never replace Wedgwood and Waterford, but holiday parties that include all the kids are
more fun when there's less formality and possibility of breakage. Read on:
DEAR ABBY: You advised “Dishpan Hands,” the hostess who was stuck with dishes for 16 after the Christmas family dinner: “lf nobody volunteers to help clean up — draft ’em!”
Good advice, but as I see it, that hostess has another problem. She’s one of those crazy clean, compulsive types who are unable to relax until the dishes are done, every pot and pan is put away, and the kitchen is spic and span. So while everybody else is in the living room socializing, she’s alone in the kitchen, missing
all the fun.
Next time, advise all hostesses to clear the table, put all the edibles in the fridge, stop worrying about the gravy hardening on the plates (let em soak!) and join the party.
DEAR RELAXED: I wish it were that easy. Psychiatrists' couches are wet with the sweat of obsessive-compulsive types trying to free themselves from all kinds of compulsive behavior in order to live more relaxed lives.
DEAR ABBY: The problem of grandparents who allow their
grandchildren to do whatever they please at Grandma’s house, and your saying there should be only one set of rules — the ones made by the parents — caught my eye. Ifs true, kids enjoy being spoiled by their grandparents who allow them to eat sweets all day long and do things at Grandma s that they are not permitted to do at home, but we have a reverse problem.
When our 3-year-old grandson visits us, we do not allow him to eat and drink anywhere he wants to in our house. Neither do we allow him to jump on beds or walk on the furniture. When we are at his house we keep our mouths shut However, when he comes here, ive set the
rules. This seems to satisfy him, and our daughter (his mother) respects our feelings.
SAN DIEGO GRANDMA
DEAR GRANDMA: I caught a lot of flak on my “only one set of rules” reply. I assumed (erroneously) that all grandparents allowed their grandchildren to get away with behavior that would not be tolerated in their parents’ home. I was wrong. Thank heavens for grandparents like you. Unfortunately, I fear you’re in the silent minority.
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