Turkey and Tirades

Political debates at the holiday dinner table

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 01:54 PM

Holiday dinners have another tradition that not everyone wants to celebrate: tense conversations about politics. It happened at Thanksgiving and it's likely to happen around Christmas, so we're looking at how to survive the seasonal dinner table arguments and how the issues in question have changed from last year.

Do you worry about political arguments over dinner? Do you have a strategy for surviving?

And if you want to get creative, tell us your menu of political conversation? Maybe it's "don't ask don't tell" for starters, a main course of health care and the stimulus for dessert?

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Justin Winbolt -- By text from Enid, Okla.

My brother is the republican black sheep of the family, so I imagine a lot of gloating on his part. But the rest of the family is pleased with don't ask don't tell being repealed and as a USN veteran that served with a gay shipmate that was discharged due to a third party outing him, I am happy to see that policy end.

Dec. 23 2010 07:13 AM
Kelly -- By text from Myrtle Beach, SC

I'm expecting my parents to equate obama with hitler/antichrist/satan, and I'll probably get heckled if I don't pretend to agree well enough.

Dec. 23 2010 07:12 AM
John Manrique -- By text from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Sitting on opposite sides of the political dining table - my parents on the right, my wife and I on the left - we will inevitably talk about random relatives' new prescriptions/ailments, the weather, and any other topic we can to avoid politics. Inevitably, I'll reach for the 3rd rail and a raucous, Chilean wine-fueled debate will break out covering everything from taxes to Glenn Beck the carnival barker to Obama the Muslim. My wife, ever the wise one of the group, will retreat to the safety of her iPhone.

Dec. 23 2010 07:12 AM
peter from seattle

My brother in law and I have barely spoke since last christmas dinner when we hashed out our religious differences. He, being a christian, has forgiven me and invited me back. Me, being a surly agnostic, has not really forgiven him. I am not looking forward to our next dinner when he invokes the obligatory prayer and gently indulges his pentecostal need to win converts, but I love my sister and my nieces, what else can I do?

Dec. 22 2010 08:01 PM

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