Survey: How Do You Set the Table for Dinner?

When I was growing up, one of my chores was setting the table for dinner. As an adult, however, I find that I seldom do this, especially when I eat alone. (Dinner parties are an obvious exception.) Has our modern, more informal lifestyle done away with this ritual?

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Dana Velden has just finished writing her first book: Finding Yourself in the Kitchen: Meditations and Recipes from a Mindful Cook which is based on her Weekend Meditation posts from The Kitchn. (Rodale Press, Fall, 2015) She lives in Oakland, CA.