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13 at the table

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sansoucitherednosedcariboo Sat 24-Dec-16 08:59:57

I've just realised we'll be 13 at my sister's Christmas dinner table. I'm superstitious, She isn't. AIBU to worry?

5000candlesinthewind Sat 24-Dec-16 09:00:37

Don't worry, just make her get up from the table first.

ThoraGruntwhistle Sat 24-Dec-16 09:00:37

Bring a teddy bear to sit with you.

harderandharder2breathe Sat 24-Dec-16 09:19:40


What are you going to do, ask someone to stand up for dinner?

Get a grip

ememem84 Sat 24-Dec-16 09:19:52

Set a 14th place and bring a bear/doll/stuffed animal. And make sure that the first person to get up doesn't get up alone.

notagiraffe Sat 24-Dec-16 09:20:44

Yes, bring a bear.

UnicornInDMboots Sat 24-Dec-16 09:22:58

I'm truly baffled. Yabu

HerBluebiro Sat 24-Dec-16 09:29:48

Traditional to put a place out for a stuffed toy if this sort of thing bothers you

All I can see is it makes newest member of the family feel uncomfortable for making the table 13.

GravyAndShite Sat 24-Dec-16 09:30:45


Helenluvsrob Sat 24-Dec-16 09:31:14

Pinch the Jewish tradition and banish your superstition with an empty place set for Abraham. That should work smile

EnormousTiger Sat 24-Dec-16 09:39:06

Does anyone really believe in or notice that kind of stuff? I know the Chinese have a big thing about buildings with a particular number - is that six?

HecAteAllTheXmasPud Sat 24-Dec-16 09:44:06

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

sansoucitherednosedcariboo Sat 24-Dec-16 09:47:05

Good ol' MN! Never ones to suffer fools gladly. I think I'd rather risk the bad luck than suggest to my sister that we set a place for a doll / teddy. blush

Zimmerzammerbangbang Sat 24-Dec-16 09:50:50

The Chinese number is 4 because it sounds like the word for death.

ChickenPoop Sat 24-Dec-16 09:51:23


Tomorrowillbeachicken Sat 24-Dec-16 09:52:15

Teddy bear or the cat.

IhatchedaSnorlax Sat 24-Dec-16 10:01:52

I would set a 14th place - even if it weren't a full dinner place (just cutlery & a glass & likely I'd put water in the glass).

I also don't cross on the stairs or walk under ladders though. grin

wornoutboots Sat 24-Dec-16 10:03:56

it's traditional in some places to set a place at the table for your ancestors.

JigglyTuff Sat 24-Dec-16 10:04:37

Tell your sister you're bringing your imaginary friend

sansoucitherednosedcariboo Sat 24-Dec-16 10:49:14

My DSis is a pragmatic humanist & has absolutely zero tolerance for her CoE, slightly woo-woo, sometimes scatty and "sensitive" elder sister )yes, that's me). I think I should probably keep my weird ideas and fancies to myself.

Oh joy.

Floggingmolly Sat 24-Dec-16 10:51:26

The Savoy hotel have a black china cat that they set a place for, if they have a booking for 13...

iklboodolphRedNoseReindeer Sat 24-Dec-16 12:57:29

Unless one of you is called Jesus I wouldn't worry - it's not even Easter wink

sansoucitherednosedcariboo Sat 24-Dec-16 21:55:27

DD reminded me that all the DC sit at an adjoining table, so technically not all of us will be at one table. She's a love.

IhatchedaSnorlax Sat 24-Dec-16 22:05:48

Perfect grin

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