Thanksgiving: Go Cold Turkey on Politics

I don’t know about you, but I’m really ready for a good old fashioned distraction this Thanksgiving–perhaps about the history of cranberries instead of politics. This election season was stressful for many and difficult to navigate for all. Families, friends and neighbors have argued and debated for months and now I’m hopeful America can break the wishbone together this week and remember we all have a lot to be thankful for.

However, I should note that the positive take away from all the arguing, debating, and protesting is that we can see our country is passionate about what it believes and that is a good thing. No matter the neighborhood we live in, there will be different opinions, and that is okay. And, despite the challenges this election has caused, I am thankful that we live in a country where we can express our opinions, whatever they may be.

That said, it won’t be easy for many this year at the Thanksgiving feasts. Social media is filled with stories of families who have struggled to overcome issues related to heated political banter. This article is interesting as it outlines stresses surrounding this year’s Thanksgiving get togethers. Maybe there is something to be said for posting a polite sign on the front door outlining your Thanksgiving Day expectations this year if you are the host of a large turkey feast. “No discussion of politics please, let’s just enjoy our family,” might be just the way to talk turkey, and not politics.

Your Thanksgiving event might be in the form a large family gathering or an intimate get together with friends. No matter your plans, my hope for American families this year is that the biggest argument this Thanksgiving will be simply debating which is better: canned, jellied or whole cranberry sauce?


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