Thanksgiving conversations can be a minefield. When discussing how delicious the sweet potato casserole is, you are only one degree of separation from discussing Donald Trump’s coloring. That can take a nasty turn to his infamous immigration plans. Often, turkey tastes less delicious with a side of heated debate.
Obviously, you can’t change your family. But, the good news is that family is the tool that teaches us that you can love people unconditionally, even when you have different opinions. (Facebook didn’t get this memo.) This season, let’s not test this Family + Different Opinions = Unconditional Love Theory. Here are a few safe dinner conversations to have over Trump potato casserole.
Something about discussing your ancestry can really get people going. This discussion requires a little homework. The website forebears.io offers you the opportunity to fall down the wormhole of last name investigation. This website will tell you how many people in the world have your last name. They will also list the top countries with your last name.
It’s possible that all of the website’s information is unsubstantiated. I would, however, enjoy this discussion more than an awkward conversation about a presidential campaign that is a year away.
“Lord, I hope when I get to Heaven, they have Patti Pie”
You can purchase one of Patti Labelle’s sweet potato pies at Wal-Mart for $3.48. In the video above, James Wright Chanel sings the praises of this dessert. His description of the pie makes it seems like the pie could be sold for much, much more. I need to try this pie.
Careful on this one. Don’t call out your momma for pie not as good as Patti’s. I do, however, strongly encourage you to sing the praises of anyone’s desserts as enthusiastically as Mr. Chanel.
The Beaver Moon
This is a real thing. Apparently the full moon in November is referred to as a Beaver Moon. The Washington Post explains “The name ‘Beaver Moon’ originates from the rodents’ need to set traps before waters freeze over.”
This doesn’t clarify anything for me. Are beavers now setting traps? For tasteful dinner conversation, please ask your eldest family member the meaning behind the term.
Being Grateful Makes Us Healthy
According to this article, taking time to give thanks makes you a healthier person. Thanksgiving can give you a healthier heart, better rest, a more optimistic view and improve your overall health. It is possible, however, that you negate all of these health benefits by the plate that you prepare during dinner. But, as long as you give thanks, I think you’re good.
When All Else Fails
When you have exhausted all other topics, stick to the standards. Last week, SNL pointed out that literally everyone loves Adele. While everyone at the dinner table may have different views about refugees, presidential candidates and more, at the very least you can agree that Adele is fiercely wonderful.
Regardless of the topic of conversation, Thanksgiving is a day for loose fitting pants, grateful hearts and time with those you love.