(Closed) POLL… NO Politics on Thanksgiving!!!

posted 3 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: How do YOU plan on handling politics on Thanksgiving?
    Kindly say "no politics" while taking coats : (6 votes)
    10 %
    Shake your head "no" if someone brings it up : (21 votes)
    34 %
    Moderate the discussion to keep it civil : (15 votes)
    24 %
    Let it roll... I love a good debate : (14 votes)
    23 %
    My family doesn't do politics : (6 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 2
    3875 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Personally, I don’t monitor the conversations of adults. I’m all for saying ahead of time, “No politics!”, but if something were to come up, I wouldn’t shush anyone or interrupt them. That being said, I am having a small Thanksgiving with just immediate family and we all have the same political leanings, so I doubt very much there would be much debate. Plus, my family is kind of sick of talking about our President-elect and there’s not much more to discuss except express our distaste of him, which has been hashed out quite a bit the last few weeks.

    Post # 3
    9897 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    My family has always been able to talk politics and still remain respectful. My mom and aunt are on completely opposite ends of the political spectrum and love a good debate but it never devolves into personal attacks and they are still really close. So pretty much we just let it roll.

    Post # 4
    770 posts
    Busy bee

    Let people talk if they’re being disrespectful, but if you’re adamant on it, just tell them we aren’t going to have that discussion if they start to get loud or rude.

    Post # 5
    751 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2020

    My step family has heavy leanings one way while me, my dad, and my brother are the other. I wish behind all wishes that politics won’t be brought up, but knowing my dad and stepfamily, I give it 5 minutes. I plan on joining my sister in wine where we agreed to simply “sip” everytime Trump is mentioned, or I will just go play with my nieces and nephews until one side gets so angry they storm out.

    Thanksgiving is never dull, I’ll give my family that.

    Post # 6
    174 posts
    Blushing bee

    We’ve said “no politics” already. In July at a family dinner the election was brought up and people left upset. Stopping in the middle isn’t always feasible and feelings often get hurt long before a moderator enters. If they want to have a debate themselves away from thanksgiving that is their decision, but we believe holidays are for family. 

    Post # 7
    190 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    I’m of the view that politics really should not be up to debate at a special occassion. There are endless topics to discuss, so why politics?

    The thing about adults though is that we really should be given the liberty to speak our minds. However, in the event that things get a little out of control a simple “I’m sorry, but if respect and integrity cannot be maintained at all times, then I will ask you to shift this topic to a different location” would suffice.


    Post # 8
    2180 posts
    Buzzing bee

    LilOne518 :  I was taught that “no politics, no religion” was basic etiquette for dinner party conversation any day of the year. Stress is bad for the digestion. When someone is under your roof they gotta respect the house rules, and “no impolite or controversial conversation at the table” is a pretty reasonable rule to follow. If someone starts up you can simply nip it in the bud with a cheerful reminder of the rules rather than engaging or flinching in silence.

    I doubt it will be an issue for us this holiday, but if a certain relative chooses to show up I’m keeping a tally of every ugly comment I hear from her and making cash donations to the relevant causes. ‘Jew’ as a pejorative or a verb? The Anti-Defamation Leage just got a gift. Etc etc. 

    Post # 9
    2356 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I say bring it on. My ultra liberal hippie uncle won’t say much. My aunt may interject, but she’s always the peace maker. My millennial cousins wil cry about not saving the world. My cousin that lived in NYC and now lives in Canada will tell us how everything is better up there. I’ll just poke the bear cause I don’t give a shit, and my other cousin will spout off right wing stuff.

    However, the fun begins at Christmas time with my mother, who loves Fox news and has passed the 60 mark has been anti everyone. 


    Good times. 

    Post # 13
    39 posts
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We just had a bunch of miserable drama in my family about politics. We agreed there would be no politics on Thanksgiving at all. If someone by chance starts in, I have no problem reminding them that we all agreed it was for the best not to discuss it. 

    Post # 14
    4037 posts
    Honey bee

    This 60 + Mom watches MSNBC, not Fox (Faux) News. LOL! It looks like it will just be me, my husband, and my 90+ year old mother. We’re so sick of politics this year; I’ve deleted half my social media friends, to avoid the contention. Like a P.P. said, my Mom always taught me not to discuss politics or religion, in polite company.

    We’re giving up on going to an in-laws house; they might have up to 20 guests, and I expect it to be late and a “balancing plates of food on your knees, while you sit on a sofa” type of thing. And then some people are addicted to North Amrican football, on Thanksgiving Day. I can’t stand it – people screaming at the TV for hours and getting into arguments about their favorite teams. Instead, we watch the National Dog Show, in the afternoon, after the Macy’s parade.

    Enjoy, everyone!

    Post # 15
    9459 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I’m lucky in that while on both sides our parents are conservatives/republicans.. everyone agreed Hillary would have been the better POTUS.  Even my in laws who hate her.  

    I actually think conversation at my holiday dinners would have been more heated had she won.

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