Etiquette Expert Claims You May Need A Ref This Thanksgiving

November 28, 2019
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Thanksgiving is a time for togetherness and family. It’s one of the few times a year that people get time off just to spend the day eating and spending time with family. For some, it is a blessing as they get to catch up and enjoy the company. Whereas others have very opinionated family members that may have been swayed by the MSM or school professors. Those in the second category may have a tough time as politics seem to be a very divisive topic. Etiquette Expert Elaine Swann claims that in these divided households a peacekeeper may need to be appointed to calm any heated discussion.

Elaine Swann, a Los Angeles-based etiquette coach, advises hosts to have a plan to deal with polarizing discussions amid “all this talk about impeachment” in the air, along with the aromas of oyster dressing and freshly baked pumpkin pies.

“I do think it’s healthy for people to express themselves and to have those conversations,” said Swann, who will host her family’s Thanksgiving. “My advice is to take a route to allow some sort of platform, but with guidelines.”

One tactic: sequester the debates. She’ll have a room away from the dining table stocked with snacks for people who want to talk politics. She also suggests designating a calm family member as a combination moderator-peacekeeper.

Swann, who will host around 30 people, said that if guests start tearing into one another like drumsticks, “make sure that in your arsenal as a host you have some family-building activity to get everybody out of it.”

Games can be a good diversion or, Swann suggested, invite people to bring family photos to share that will stir warm memories.

If the debate starts getting out of hand Thursday, Wright said, someone will probably defuse things by asking: “How about those Bengals?”

Cincinnati’s hapless pro football team is winless this season.

The bottom line, Swann said, is cherishing the time together.

“Although we may not agree politically, the one thing we are is family,” she said. “The big takeaway that I encourage everyone to have is that love for family, because tomorrow is not promised to us, and you never know who is going to wake up the next day and who is not.”

Or instead of getting into a debate about politics as libs don’t seem to have the best relationship with reason, maybe just avoid the subject altogether as Bill Maher put it “learn to live with each other.”

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