Thanksgiving is the one time of the year where we all make an effort, however half-hearted, at a civilized meal. It might be the one time of year that you bring out those cloth napkins that have been handed down from generation to generation. However, Great Grandma Elsie didn't count on our generation being the one that doesn't automatically know what to do with a linen napkin (aside from occasionally letting it fall off our laps by accident).
But maybe 2013 is the year of trying to live a more gracious life. At least for one day. If you're willing to spend an extra few minutes while you're setting the table/avoiding relatives, you can turn an ordinary napkin into a rose ... or a fan ... or a teeny-tiny shirt. These basic folds are easy enough not to frustrate you, while just impressive enough to slightly reverse your mother-in-law's opinion of you.