Thanksgiving Etiquette

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

In Marriage by Interconnected Lives

THE EVENING

#7: Thanksgiving Etiquette Do’s: Mingle Safely with the Family

As Linus from the Peanuts Gang would surely tell us, there are three things which are terribly unsafe to discuss in public—religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.

Chances are you’ll be fine on the third one, so if someone at the table asks your opinion on, say, President Obama, John Boehner and Republicans, tax rates, the Israel/Palestine conflict, or anything of that nature, view such an invitation in the same way you would Lucy holding that football ready for Charlie Brown to kick

That is, a trap.

Charlie Brown falls for the same trick every Halloween.  Save those arguments over Congress, abortion law, and the possible existence of the Great Pumpkin for another day, and stick to good, non-confrontational topics.