Sharing Your Table

Redefining the holiday dinner

The other day I took notice of a lithograph a friend had on her wall. It says “Share Your Table. While I have never asked exactly what it means, my mind wandered to what it means to me. With the fast pace in which society moves we have allowed certain traditions to go by the wayside. On the news this week it was announced that more people than ever are spending the holidays alone. This in part is the result of a poor economy and how divided and polarized we have become. I remember as an adolescent my mother preparing Thanksgiving dinner with such great care and then our family sitting down to a warm and healing home cooked meal with spirited conversations. Regardless of faith, the holidays are always a great time for some kind of reflection, unity and togetherness.

When engaging in a holiday dinner, consider making it a potluck. If you are not familiar with potluck, I assure you it has little to do with pot or luck for that matter and has more to do with having each guest bringing a dish. A holiday potluck dinner has benefits twofold.

It gives us all an opportunity to learn new recipes and tastes. It also gives us an opportunity to perhaps pass healthy eating habits forward thus improving the quality of the lives of people that surround us.

In a world that sometimes appears to be divisive and menacing, a celebratory dinner brings us all together in a common and collective cause. It gives us the strength of numbers and prepares us to brave the weeks ahead with new friends and supporters behind us.

In a blog post I was reading, one person wrote about a dinner he has hosted, rain or shine, for over 30 years straight. This is what one of the guests had to say. “People from all corners of the world come to break bread together, to meet, to talk, connect and often become friends. All ages, nationalities, races, professions gather here, and since there is no organized seating, the opportunity for mingling couldn't be better. I love the randomness.”

It only takes one person with vision, persistence and leadership to create a movement. Make your upcoming holiday dinners a movement and see how it transforms lives. If you need recipes we at Steviva Brands have been posting a couple recipes a week. Use them and take creative freedom with them and then let us know how it worked out for you. Check it out at:

Have a sensational week!

Thom King


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Steviva Brands, Inc.


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