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Yes, but in a respectful way. Listen to
each other. Don’t judge each other.
And if you disagree with someone,
it means you see things differently, not that the other person is
wrong. Perhaps if we listened more,
respected each other more, we
would understand more.
Politics have no place at a family
event, especially not the dinner table.
Preparing and sharing a meal is an
act of love and fellowship. Maybe
pair it with a good bottle of wine, but
—Lori DeGrace Julian
Some families like to discuss politics
and have respectful discussions. I
like speaking with my aunt, although
she has some views that are different than mine ... but above all is our
fondness and respect for each other.
If we cannot embrace respectful
discussion about our political differences at a special meal where
we should all be thankful for each
other—and what we are grateful
for—why are we even talking to
each other? Keep the dialogue open;
that is our only hope for change.
I think it is important for families to
discuss world events and politics
when they get together. In some
cases, holidays are the only time the
extended family is in the same place
at the same time. The exception
would be if there is a hothead in
the family who can’t have a mature
conversation without losing [his or
When guests and family overstay
their welcome, I bring up not
only politics, but also religion and
spouses. My house gets cleared out
Is it OK to discuss
politics at the
When it comes to politics, strong opinions can be found on all sides,
but is it appropriate to discuss politics at the holiday table? Some say
sure; the right to speak our minds is a treasured American value and
we can disagree without being disrespectful. Others warn that political
discussions trigger strong emotions that can turn what should be a
time for peace and goodwill into a verbal war zone.
What do you think?
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• How to talk politics at your family holiday meal this year
• The pitfalls of politics at holiday dinner—and how to handle them
• A handy self-care guide for when politics come up at Thanksgiving