Thanksgiving Etiquette

Thanksgiving Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts: The In-Laws Survival Guide

In Marriage by Interconnected Lives


#3: Thanksgiving Etiquette Do’s: Enjoy the Parade/Game/Whatever’s On TV

This one may seem a bit odd at first—after all, wouldn’t that be rude, or off-putting, to coldly tune your partner’s friends and in-laws out by tuning in to whatever’s on TV?  Well, no, not necessarily.  It’s all in how you go about doing it.

Thanksgiving, like Christmas, has a strong tradition of sports games, TV specials, pageantry, and other televised diversions to help give families something safe to talk about, lest infighting ensue, and that’s precisely how you should use your TV time this Thanksgiving day.

If you live in the United States, there are at least two TV Thanksgiving traditions of which you’re surely well aware off—the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the annual Thanksgiving NFL football games.

Both of these provide great conversation starters, and are safe topics at that.  (Well, mostly safe—you may run into some problems if you’re a Green Bay Packers fan in a Detroit Lions household, or a Philadelphia Eagles or New York Giants fan at a Dallas Cowboys feast.)

The key to good Thanksgiving banter is to engage your in-laws without A. monopolizing the conversation or B. stumbling upon anything which might cause a conflict, at all, whatsoever.