Keep Thanksgiving Day Joyful By Avoiding These Topics
The holiday season is a joyful time for many families. It’s a chance to get together when others live in faraway states or cities. Additionally, it’s also a time to reconnect and reminisce with family and friends. However, many people dread the holiday season because of those awkward dinner table conversations. With that in mind, the folks at Preply.com offer some Thanksgiving Day topics you’ll want to avoid.
The Un-holy Trinity Of Thanksgiving Day Topics
All you need to do is check out any social media and you’ll see how politics has divided our nation. Not to mention how political conversations tend to lead to major arguments. That’s the first “un-holy” topic to avoid with family and friends during holiday gatherings.
Coming in a close second, it’s religion. According to Wikipedia.org, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed this holiday to be a day when Americans offer “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” But not everyone at your holiday gathering may share your religious beliefs. So, it’s probably best to avoid religious conversation to keep everyone thankful to be there.
The third un-holy topic in this trinity of conversation starters you’ll want to avoid is money. Everyone wants and needs money, so why not chat about it? Well, it seems people have strong opinions on how you should spend your cash. Furthermore, they’ll offer opinions on how to invest your hard-earned income. It’s just another way to start a family blow-out, and no one wants that.
Conversation Starters Which May End Awkwardly
Now that we’ve discussed the big three topics to avoid, here are some types of comments that can become awkward on Thanksgiving Day. For example, avoid asking a newly married couple when they’re going to start having kids. It’s really none of our business, right? In the same light, asking a friend or relative why they’re still single could make you the least favorite person at the dinner table.
Furthermore, there are some comments to steer clear of regarding the family feast. For instance, asking the person doing most of the cooking if they’ve basted the turkey yet is not a good idea. When you invite guests to your house for a meal, do you want them to comment on how you should be cooking? Probably not.
Then there are comments to avoid around the dinner table. It’s certainly common sense to avoid telling people it looks like they’ve gained weight or that they’re too skinny. Likewise, commenting on one of your family members plopping too many mashed potatoes on their plate could result in a dirty look or two.
All in all, it sounds like there’s absolutely nothing to talk about during Thanksgiving. But I’m sure you’ll rise to the occasion and keep things interesting and fun. When in doubt, we can talk about the weather, right? Happy Thanksgiving!