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Where You Sit at the Thanksgiving Table Says a Lot About You (and Your Family) Slideshow

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Where You Sit at the Thanksgiving Table Says a Lot About You (and Your Family)

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Where to Sit on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving should be no-brainer, right? There’s family, there’s food… What could go wrong once the turkey is done roasting and the last roll pulled out of the oven? Well, for one thing, you could be sitting in the wrong spot at the Thanksgiving dinner table.

The Corner Seat

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Corner Seat

If you’re willing to make sacrifices for the benefit of the rest of your brood on Thanksgiving, feel free to nab this spot. The corner seat has a variety of issues: You’re always far from the food; you drift between multiple conversations; and you’re in a dark spot that makes taking an Instagram-worthy photo of your meal next to impossible. The one possible benefit of this seat comes to those who don’t even really want to be at Thanksgiving in the first place: It’s sort of easy to just not participate from the corner.

Head of the Table

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Head of the Table

Whether the head of the table has been your official seat for years and you boot out others who even attempt to nab this spot; or you just happened to get to the table first; you are the Thanksgiving alpha dog. You preside over the entire table and wield great power to steer the conversation and the dishes around the table. However, with great power comes great responsibility. You’re going to be in charge of leading the Thanksgiving prayer (if your family is religious), the toasts, and the standard “What are you thankful for this year?” question. You might even have to carve the turkey. Proceed wisely.

An Interior Seat

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Interior Seat

You’re the life of the Thanksgiving festivities at an interior seat; it’s the place to be. Want seconds? You’re within arm’s reach of moist turkey, hearty stuffing, and mountains of fluffy mashed potatoes. An interior seat also allows you to engage easily with everyone at the table. For the happiest Thanksgiving meal, sit here.

The Seat Closest to the Kitchen

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Closest to the Kitchen

If you want to have any chance to relax and enjoy your meal this Thanksgiving, avoid the seat closest to the kitchen at all costs. “Hey, can you grab another serving spoon?” “Excuse me, I need to get back into the kitchen to check on the pies. Can you get up?” “I need another glass of water. Would you mind?” These are the phrases people in this spot hear all meal, and nobody has time for that.

Closest to the Bathroom

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Closest to the Bathroom

Either you’ve got a weak bladder and need to answer the call of nature often; or you just want to be able to get away at a second’s notice to keep an eye on the football game. In this seat, it’s easy to disengage from your family celebration, if that’s what you want to do. The downside to this spot is that you may need to get up with some frequency to allow others access to the bathroom.

Next to Mom or Dad

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Next to Mom or Dad

The seat next to mom or dad (or between both!) can be a great comfort on Thanksgiving, especially for those who have traveled from far away to be home for the holidays. This Thanksgiving table location is one filled with love, praise, and some much-needed catch-up time (assuming you and your parents get along). The holidays are meant for family, right? Be prepared to fight off your siblings for this prime seat.

Next to the Crazy Relative

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Next to the Crazy Relative

Every family has that one person, right? You love them, but that doesn’t mean you want to spend all meal hearing about their latest melodrama. This seat is a total bummer and should be avoided at all costs. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t say hi to these family members — you don’t want to be rude, after all — but there’s no need to spend more than a few minutes with them.

Wherever You’re Not Supposed to Be Sitting

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Wherever You’re Not Supposed to Be Sitting

You’re a bit of a devil, aren’t you? If your Thanksgiving is the formal sort of affair with place cards and you end up with one of those less-than-perfect spots (the corner, next to the kitchen, by your creepy uncle), swap your card with someone else’s. Yes, the holidays are meant to be about selflessness and giving but (as we have established) your spot at the Thanksgiving table is serious business. So maybe sit where you shouldn’t be: We won’t tell if you don’t.

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