So, there was an election recently. You might have heard about it.
And here we are careening to the holidays, almost to the Thanksgiving table. For some of us, this presents a challenge: Our expectation is to count our blessings over a delicious meal with friends and family. Instead, Uncle Harold and Cousin Sally would rather spew political opinions and diatribes.
This might be the year for ground rules. A challenge to pull off as a guest, but as a host or hostess- your table, your rules?
The following are “safe” topic ideas:
- Kids and Seniors- If there are kids around the table (or kid table) put the spotlight on them. Ask about their interests and school. Have them share a song or poem. Have the seniors among you share stories of how they celebrated the holidays as children.
- Veteran’s- I noticed on Facebook that my friends from opposing political parties all seem to be fans. Print off a story of a heroic veteran or two.
- Bucket Lists- Have your table guests share theirs.
- Jokes- Funny NON-political, cheesy and clean.
- Inspirational Stories- It keeps the perspective positive. Check out: chickensoup.com
- Sports- This is an exciting time of year for the NFL, college football, NBA and college basketball.
- Beautiful places visited- Share travel stories.
- Favorite books read from this past year- My personal preference! Provide paper and pens.
- Goals for the New Year- New fitness or workout trends, financial or relational goals.
- GRATEFULNESS- But of course! Count your many, many blessings.
Healthy boundaries and rules of engagement can make for a rich holiday celebration. Not perfect but rich and semi-peaceful.
May your table and heart be replete with Thankfulness.