1. Digital detox
No cellphones for the duration of the meal (but you may Instagram your fingers raw before and after – don’t forget to tag us at @wwtaste!). The first person to break the rule will be locked in the spare room with Mariah Carey Does Christmas at full volume.
2. Focus on the family
No TV while you’re eating – it doesn’t matter if they’re screening pre-match-day hype before the Boxing Day Test. Don’t. Turn. It. On.
3. Too many cooks…
Stay out of the kitchen unless you are the cook or you’ve been asked to help. (But if you pick your moment, you could sneak a piece of crackling when no one’s looking
4. Take it out a notch
Subtle loosening of belts followed by casual stretching out on the couches or the lawn is essential after the meal – your hosts will take it as a compliment. And if you are the host, you deserve it.
5. Make (more) space
Create fridge space by packing some leftovers into containers for people to take home. (Handing a rowdy uncle a Tupperware is also a good exit cue). Alternatively, show those leftovers some love with these ideas.
6. But first, digest
Help clear the table but no washing of dishes until after dessert has settled.