How Do I Talk To My Family This Thanksgiving?

“No politics at the table” isn’t an option anymore.

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It’s the week when we all go home again. And unless you’re doing Thanksgiving with the friend-family of your choosing, where everyone more or less agrees, part of this week will be spent navigating uncomfortable conversations.

“No politics at the table,” right? Easy rule, learned in childhood, enforced as an adult. But what exactly are the boundaries of politics these days? What parts of our lives does a ban on politics make us hide?

Let’s say no one is allowed to say the T-word. Does that cover it?

Can we talk about our super meaningful work volunteering with refugee families when Aunt Ruth asks us how we’re spending our time?

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