Saying grace – giving thanks to God for food before eating a meal – was once a common practice, but its use declined throughout the 20th century as regular church-going decreased. Here, kindergarten children are saying grace at a party held at Karori West School in Wellington in 1958. The child at left seems far more interested in watching the others say grace than actually doing it.
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