Certain conversations are off-limits during the holidays, and politics has become one of them. Given our current political climate, it’s not hard to see why.
Politics can be divisive. People are dismissive. Disagreement is uncomfortable, especially when emotions run high in the heat of moment. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, one in six Americans stopped talking to a friend or family member over the results of the 2016 election.
Every year there are countless headlines offering advice on how to approach the topic or to avoid it altogether, giving anxious individuals a how-to guide on steering away from discussing the serious problems of the day.
“How to avoid all-out political war at your Thanksgiving table,” reads an NBC News headline. “Have different politics from your family? Here’s how to survive Thanksgiving,” wrote the Washington Post. “How to navigate awkward political conversations at the Thanksgiving table,” offered USA Today.
“Saturday Night Live” even did a comical skit that went viral mocking a