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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

The number 13 has no magical power to make things happen. Don't worry.
If it makes you feel better then label the 13th chair number 14 like they do in hotel rooms and shit grin

Even if you burn the yorkies or something it honestly wont be because there were 13 places at dinner i absolutely promise you.

When this stuff bothers you take a deep breath and try to think it through and you wont be able to think of a single way that a number (or a cat or a mirror or salt or cracks in the pavement etc etc) can bring about bad luck.

These superstitions can be really deep rooted but i promise you there is absolutely nothing true about them.

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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