Saufferer, a 25-year-old public relations manager in Seattle who attends a non-denominational Christian church, usually says a short traditional grace when she dines with her immediate family: “Come Lord Jesus, be our guest, and may these gifts be upon us. offered be blessed ”, which is a variation of a common Christian prayer believed to have Lutheran roots. Other parents also say their own graces in their homes. But she says adding the game when they all get together for meals creates a special sense of oneness, which they haven’t been able to enjoy over the past 18 months, when the pandemic made large gatherings impossible. . “I am delighted to be back with my family,” she says of the upcoming holiday celebrations. “And whatever happens, there are little blessings and little gifts we can turn to, and [saying grace] helps us prepare our minds and hearts.