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(7,544 posts)
1. I've honestly never started politics at the in laws.
Fri Nov 17, 2023, 11:50 AM
Nov 2023

But I'm sure proud of myself of being the one who bluntly lays out the facts and generally has the last word.

Needless to say, my SO doesn't get invites from his own family during the holidays because of me.

Xavier Breath

(3,593 posts)
2. We're hosting family for Thanksgiving.
Fri Nov 17, 2023, 12:01 PM
Nov 2023

We're mostly a moderate group which leans Democratic, but we do have one lefty (me), one conservative (Mom) and one libertarian (a cousin) amongst us. In the past there have been dust-ups at holiday time over varying topics, so after everyone arrives I will respectfully suggest topics that need to be off limits for us to enjoy the day:

1) Anything relating to the Middle East, and
2) Anything relating to the University of Michigan and/or Ohio State.

Seriously, those would be the hot-button topics. You could say we share an over-inflated importance regarding college sports, so at least that unites us.

Xavier Breath

(3,593 posts)
5. I neither love nor hate the dish
Sat Nov 18, 2023, 12:25 PM
Nov 2023

and make my compromise by just scraping the crunchy onions off the top and eating that. For the record, I do not leave the beans behind because that would be uncouth.


(63,881 posts)
7. The more wine is dispensed, the more interesting the conversation! You hafta drink, just to get thru the meal...
Sun Nov 19, 2023, 12:47 AM
Nov 2023

and sometimes the snark comes out in people. Sometimes the toasts are revealing! "I'd like to propose a toast to my ex who is here with us tonight..." well, you can guess how that might turn out.


(48,886 posts)
9. My family can't discuss politics or religion at family get-togethers. Too many arguments.
Sun Nov 19, 2023, 12:53 PM
Nov 2023

We all know one another's views and beliefs. For the most part, we love one another anyway. (The exceptions to that are a few people idiotic enough to get into rather public arguments about politics on Facebook, so they'd feel publicly shamed if they lost an argument. I hate FB.)


(54,267 posts)
10. Americans, Germans, Austrians and Dutch at one long table
Sun Nov 19, 2023, 03:41 PM
Nov 2023

And one single religious person among us (about 20 of us).

You can bet we will not be discussing the weather, sports, art or cars!

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