Although four additional spots have been set at the table, the nonagenarian’s friends have long since passed away, and the butler is forced to take their places in drinking copious amounts of alcohol while toasting Miss Sophie’s health. Hilarity, as it is wont to do in such cases, ensues.
Dinner for One has been a Kraut-pleaser on German television's New Year's Eve schedule since the early 1960s. It has since spread throughout Europe to Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Austria, Switzerland and, beyond the continent’s shores, to South Africa as well as Australia where SBS has broadcast the comedy sketch on New Years Eve since 1989. This tradition holds firm in 2016 with Dinner For One scheduled at 6:10pm on SBS this New Year's Eve.
So here's wishing you a Happy New Year with the same procedure as every year! 2017 is going to be okay. I mean, it’s not like it could get any worse, is it? Good riddance, 2016!
P.S. I realise I spend too much time on the computer and decided not to use it again until next year!