How can you prevent your Thanksgiving from turning into four hours of ‘awkward?’ The key is in the planning. Have some go to conversation starters to keep things from getting sticky and focus on enjoying the time with your family. Here are some tips for a foolproof holiday!
And not about the time that your sister came home with a tattoo. Arrive with happy memories that you can share with your parents and siblings that will bring laughter. Think of bonding moments, like when the cat got the handles of a paper bag stuck on his neck and ran around the house trying to get away.
Talk about things you’d like to do in the future, like visit a nude beach in the South of France or drink frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 2 in New York. It tends to be safer than talking about the past and present.
Ask to Hear More History
Ask your parents about what they did when they were younger, even if you’ve heard it 100 times. Ask your Mom about the Beatles or Woodstock or how she used to iron her hair every night when she was your age so her bangs wouldn’t frizz up.
Talk About Movies and Pop Culture
Celebrity gossip is always safe because its not about “us” You can spend the first half of the meal on the Branjelina breakup and not even mention Gwen and Blake until after dessert.
Express Concern of Kids and Health
And we’re not talking about how heavy little Natalie has gotten or whether of not Junior ever graduated middle school. Keep track of family health and achievements. Remember what they enjoy doing.
Ask About Their Plans For Black Friday
But don’t leave the table and go shopping and definitely don’t pull out your i-pod and start buying your online gift list. Be appreciative of the time you get to spend with family and friends and do Thanksgiving the way it should be done!
Happy Thanksgiving, good luck and best wishes to all. Let us know how your Turkey Day turned out! We love to hear from you!