There have been numerous sources state about the detriment it is that families don't eat at the table together anymore. Something that I haven't seen a lot of though is the lack of Sunday dinners.
It wouldn't even have to be on Sunday. Any day. The whole family, gathering together for a special meal - not your normal weekday fair. Maybe the Grandparents would come. There would be a tablecloth, maybe even those special salt and pepper shakers received as a wedding gift, used only on what is deemed a special occasion. The places are set just so.
It ceases to be a meal. It becomes a ritual. The ritual of the Sunday dinner. Or Friday dinner, or Wednesday dinner. Whatever works for the family. It's more than just food, or the day it is on. It is about community, and communal eating. We aren't that far removed from societies who would live together, learn together, and survive together as a family. Cooking and eating was communal - part of the reason potlucks are still so popular, I suspect.
The Sunday dinner gives us that time to be with the rest of our "tribe". In a group with many ties together, by blood or choice. It gives the opportunity for us to gather as we once did - as a community. Pagans are awesome at this - we are seemingly addicted to potlucks. So why save the communal eating just for major events?
What do you think? Does your family still have a Sunday dinner?