Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year. The fall leaves are burning the mountains and the cool temperatures begin nipping at your nose. And what other holidays are centered on eating delectable food until you feel like a stuffed turkey?
With the three F’s of Thanksgiving—football, food and family—the potential for the smallest of problems to go nuclear is enormous. Your favorite home team could get stomped. The turkey could be dry or the marshmallows on the sweet potatoes could catch fire. Or worst of all, you could get into a major fight with your first uncle twice removed about which Back To The Future is the best. Few things are worse than being stuffed into an already crammed house with annoying relatives you only see once a year. If you find yourself envious of the stuffed turkey in the middle of the table, you might need some help. Here are some tips to make the most of your family gathering.
Topics to Avoid
Obviously, don’t talk about politics or religion but also avoid discussions of finances or your latest investment strategy. Remember that highly distasteful joke about the onion and the rhinoceros your buddy told you? Aunt Edna doesn’t want to hear it. Not only should you avoid speaking about controversial topics but you should also be forgiving when others misspeak or accidentally offend you.
At its core, Thanksgiving is more than just a gluttonous gorge-fest. The true spirit of the season is gratitude. Being grateful and offering compliments to others is a great way to set a harmonious tone for a fantastic meal.
Thanksgiving can be one of the most fun holidays with delicious food and enjoyable company. Allow yourself to have a good time. If you need some more tips on how to deal with family on Thanksgiving, check out the Jimmy Kimmel video below.