Thanksgiving. A time where we stuff our faces with all the turkey, ham, and casseroles we possibly can then “watch” football (aka nap) before we head back to the table for round two. However, there is always the awkward time when the parade ends and the food is not quite ready where we sit down and talk with family you haven’t seen since last Thanksgiving. The time where aunts ask “why are you still single” or “when are you going to move out of your parent’s house?” While those questions are easily avoided by going to “help” in the kitchen, other topics are not so easy to pass over.
With the political status of our country the way it currently is, the discussion of politics is bound to come up once or twice while you are trying to enjoy your sweet potato casserole. Which is why we have come up with a few things to bring this Thanksgiving to guarantee that topic will never be an issue.
- Board games
This may already be a tradition for a lot of families, but for those of you that don’t usually play board games, it always helps to have UNO or Clue lying around. It lightens the mood plus who doesn’t love a good, competitive game of UNO?
- A football or basketball
(No not to throw at the family members that bring politics up). For a lot of you, Thanksgiving is held at grandma’s house. Which means that old, rusty basketball goal from when your parents were younger is still standing. Depending on where your family celebrates, there may also be a huge backyard to throw the football.
- A baby
This one may be a little of a stretch (and we don’t advise stealing a baby), but having a baby or toddler around can almost guarantee no one will be in the mood to talk politics. Especially a newborn baby, everyone will be gushing over those cute baby cheeks. The only downside is naptime.
- A dog
Fur babies are almost as good as having a real baby around. They are great conversation starters and always around when you need to avoid conversations and awkwardly talk to someone else. Bonus if you have a puppy, because puppies and politics never go together.
While scrolling through your Instagram feed is also a way to get out of political discussions, it may also come off as rude (and no one wants to make grandma mad). If conversations start veering to voting, just break out a glass of your favorite drink… that usually helps.