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Thanksgiving with the Family

Thanksgiving is all about tradition, and one of those traditions is a round of articles on the internet, a few days before the holiday, about how to get along with relatives who insist on discussing sensitive subjects, or else how to put them in their place. Read them at The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Vox, Medium, Saturday Night Live, and The Onion.

If none of the tips offered work, you can read about some extreme family drama stories that will make you feel better about the one you have. From the response to these articles, you’d think that no American family can agree on politics, religion, or limits on sharing personal information.    

So many Thanksgiving family feasts resemble this 1898 cartoon by Caran d'Ache. the caption to the top image reads, "Above all, let us not discuss the Dreyfus Affair!" and the lower image is captioned, "They have discussed it." 

Let’s hope your family can hold off discussing whatever "it" is this year at least until the pie comes to the table. -via Metafilter

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I propose a simpler solution. When someone brings up a political topic, say, "Don't talk about politics at Thanksgiving!" If he persists, jab him with the carving fork. Continue as necessary.
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