I'm going to be frank, we all have varying opinions on the virus, politics, the economy and the state of the country. Talking about these opinions at Thanksgiving is probably NOT the best idea. And we all have that aunt, sister, cousin or mom that just can't help talking about their diet or how much weight they've lost/gained or that will project their insecurities onto you.
I've come up with a few neutral topics and tips for you to deflect the conversation away from politics, religion, the virus, your body/weight/life etc. Print these out, memorize them, write them on your hand, or save them in your phone. You just might need them!
Icebreakers: Have everyone go around the table saying 1-3 things they are thankful for! This is a great way to get people talking about something positive and reflect on the true meaning of the holiday!
Tell a Story: If you've recently lost a loved one talk about your favorite memory with that person. Or have grandma tell a story about what thanksgiving was like when she was a kid. You can also talk about your favorite holiday memory!
JOKES! Keep it clean (and politic free)! Make a game or a contest out of it, like who has the best dad joke. The kids will love this one.
Pop Culture: If your niece loves Taylor Swift or Aunt Susan is really into Real Housewives, brush up on what's been happening in pop culture. Asking questions like what's your favorite song or TV show right now is a good way to change the conversation
Games! Charades, Pictionary, trivial pursuit, or classics like Uno or Jenga are great ways to get a little friendly competition going. Charades, Pictionary, or Trivia could be really fun on Zoom if you're doing a virtual Thanksgiving.
What has been your most bizarre quarantine purchase?
What hobby have you started during quarantine?
If you could go anywhere in the world right now where would you go?
What's been your funniest Zoom moment?
These topics should help you keep things light! and steer things away from any unwanted political, religious, or other topics you may want to avoid.
Do you have any topics or tips to share?