We're at the start of another holiday season, and many families that don't see each other throughout the year come together for holiday meals and gift exchanges. The holidays are a perfect opportunity to reflect on blessings, but many find the togetherness factor somewhat awkward.
If you struggle to come up with conversation starters, you're not alone. Want to share your thoughts on the recent election? Probably a bad idea. There are plenty of topics that might be considered controversial, like politics, religion, and even sports. To keep your holidays from becoming a social minefield, here are just five safe conversation topics to throw out at your next family holiday event.
1) The Food
Most family events revolve around food. Make an effort to compliment the host on their excellent cooking or perfect choice of entrees if your dinner happened to be catered. If you're doing a potluck, you'll have endless opportunities to seek out the creators of various dishes, ask them about their culinary secrets, and share some of your own favorites.
2) Their Home
We're all pretty proud of our home, and taking the time to compliment your hosts on their home can only earn you extra bonus points. If they've done any recent remodeling projects, they'll be anxious to describe the process and show them off. Discuss your own plans for either a future move or redecorating that your host has inspired.
Ask your dining companions whether or not they enjoy traveling and about some of their most memorable trips, whether recent or not. This is the perfect opportunity to find some common ground at the table as many people have probably traveled to the same places, but at different periods in time. Compare notes and talk about upcoming trips or even dream destinations.
This one might require some upfront research but, if this is your family, you may already have a good idea about some of their outside interests. Ask Aunt Betty about her quilting club or your cousin Joe about the latest classic car that he's restoring. People love discussing their passions, so once you open this door, you won't have to do much else.
The holidays are about honoring family more than some traditions that we may not fully understand. To that end, let family members know how much you appreciate them and their presence. Ask long-married couples to share their secrets to a long-lasting marriage. Finally, don't forget to acknowledge the children present. Ask both the parents and the children themselves about school and other exciting activities in their lives.
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