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Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

amoule | Nov 24, 201405:28 PM

I grew up in household where TV was always unacceptable during dinner. My parents always considered it rude and inconsiderate and I do too. I also just don't care about football.

I invited several friends to Thanksgiving a month ago; they accepted immediately. They've been here for dinner many times before and know that I put a lot of work into a meal for friends. They also know that there's no TV anywhere near the living room or dining room.

One of the husbands came rushing up to me Sunday and asked, "You have a TV, don't you?" I replied that I do. He proceeded to explain that the Seahawks have a game scheduled during Thanksgiving dinner and that he needs to be able to watch the game (because he's a fan, not a sports writer). I told him that I grew up in a family where we never watched TV during dinner and that I don't want to have a TV at the table. He said he understands but needs to be able to check the score throughout dinner. I said okay.

I somewhat annoyed, though. I put a lot of work and expense into dinners like these and I find it offensive that people are going to be distracted and running to the den to watch snatches of TV during dinner. Am I being snobbish? I'm not going to refuse them, I'm just annoyed. We are all Christians and this is a day designated for giving thanks. Nearly every other day is for mindless entertainment.

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