Let’s talk about Syria … and other topics to not bring up on Thanksgiving.

Flag-map_of_Syria.svgSo … the obligatory Thanksgiving post.

I was listening to NPR yesterday as I roasted Brussels sprouts and prosciutto in the oven and reduced a pan of balsamic vinegar to a rich, syrupy consistency (classy, no?). The recurring theme on the radio seemed to be manners, conversation, and surviving the awkwardness of family gatherings. Because you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose family.

Because you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose family.

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Family chooses you … via genetics.

The survival technique was this … avoid controversial topics. Don’t talk about religion, politics, or current events that may spark passionate debates about the morality of interceding in world affairs. Keep it light-hearted and try to be a good listener; include the hard of hearing in your conversations by speaking loudly and wildly gesticulating.

…include the hard of hearing in your conversations by speaking loudly and wildly gesticulating.

The passionate citizen in me cringes to hear this advice. Continue reading “Let’s talk about Syria … and other topics to not bring up on Thanksgiving.”