Thanksgiving is the time of year where we reflect on the things we are grateful for with the company of family and loved ones in the presence of an angry God. Thanksgiving dinner is meant to be a celebration for all we have to be thankful for. However, sometimes Thanksday dinner can get a bit out of hand. Like if relatives start to talk politics or especially when you forget to make any of the food. Here are five tricks to make sure Thanksgiving dinner runs smoothly this year.
1. Divert Away From Politics Banter
It’s going to be a big year for politics talk and since politics talk usually leads down a dark path, you won’t want that hoopla at your table. Try to weave away from any conversation that could end up about politics. For example: If your Uncle Andrew begins to talk about how he “appreciates Donald Trump for his honesty” divert the convo over to your niece Gwen and ask her about her boyfriend that died in a car accident the night of prom. In one swift turn you steer the conversation away from election talk.
2. Make Food
There are a lot of things going on around and during Thanksgiving day. You’re organizing arrangements for visiting relatives. You’re making the house look nice. You’re spending six nights of the week at church.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Heck, even the football games can distract you a bit. But one thing that can absolutely derail any Thanksgiving dinner is forgetting to make the food. I know, I know, it sounds ridiculous, but forgetting to cook the turkey and prepare an actual meal can really biff things up. And don’t think for a second that you are above this. It can, and will, happen to any of you. So take note.
3. Do Some Research
There’s no shame in studying up on some of your families’ happenings. Feel free to “Facebook Stalk” each and every guest. Getting caught up on everyone’s business can really help in getting conversations going. It can also be handy for avoiding other conversations. For example: if your sister in law, Chrissy, starts going on about how “we need to spread awareness that extremism is a tiny minority,” use your knowledge gained through social media to swing the convo over to your niece Gwen and ask about her boyfriend and what the last thing she said to him before the accident was.
You’re a Thanksgiving pro.
4. Put the Pressure on Gwen
Let’s be honest, nobody at the table has anything that happened to them this year more interesting than Gwen. Take advantage of that. She lost what might have been true love to a fatal and tragic accident, it would be rude not to talk about it. Really milk them sweet, sweet details from her. What’s she feeling? Can the void he left ever be filled? Why’d they go in separate cars? Maybe she could have prevented the accident if she was also in the car. Does she want to die?
All these questions are sure to stimulate good table talk.
Fuck Thanksgiving, this is YOUgiving.
5. Finally, Get Creative!
There are so many unique and special ways to make sure you and your family have a great Thanksgiving. Maybe take a goofy photo before the meal is served. Maybe take out an Ouija board to try and talk to Gwen’s deceased boyfriend. Whatever you do, make sure to remember that Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for the things God has given you in your life and remembering that at any moment, he can also taketh away, Gwen.