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Furniture for a Better Holiday...

The dining table is the last retreat of the old values. And there is no better time than the holidays to gather your extended family together for some real quality time. Eating together as a family is more important today than in the past because there are more competing distractions, more choices of activities outside the home, and a constant bombardment of information from modern technology.

A decade of research confirms what good parents have known all along. Sharing a family meal is good for the soul, the brain and the health of everyone in the family. There is a link between regular family dinners around a dining table and behavior parents pray for:

* Lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy and depression.

* Better attendance at school, higher grade-point averages and self-esteem.

*Advanced vocabulary and communication skills

*Lowers rates of obesity and eating disorders in children and adolescents.

Families need a safe place to discuss ideas within the understanding company of family. Parents need a routine to connect with kids. The dining room, away from the television and other distractions, is the perfect retreat for families to gather and share good nutrition and good conversation. This holiday season you might even think about making it a cell phone free zone. So get the computer, homework and crafts off the dining table and this holiday season, make the dining room the center of your celebrations with family and friends.