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Should families talk politics during Thanksgiving?

Posted at 6:57 AM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 07:57:41-05

It’s the age old debate.

Should you talk politics while carving the Thanksgiving day turkey?

People seem to always have an opinion one way or the other about politics.

2 Works for You heard from several people on the topic and it’s not usually one they want to discuss at big family gatherings.

Many families only see each other once or twice around the the holidays and certain conversations are off limits.

We talked to a licensed professional counselor about whether or not families and friends should discuss politics at the table.

Lacy Richards with Cancer Treatment Centers of America said more often than not, it can be damaging to relationships and no one walks away from the table with a different point of view.

"Truly, all you do when you hammer out these political issues with your family during the holidays, is you serve to damage your relationship," said Richards. "So, it’s actually a lose-lose. A lot of times you’re not getting your point across or you’re saying it in a way that makes people defensive.”

Some believe it all depends on who you are spending the holidays with.

“Some families it’s okay to talk about politics at thanksgiving, you know, if you have a good dynamic," said Tulsa resident Jenny Leigh. "Others, not so much. It’s just going to end up like a game of monopoly. Somebody’s going to flip a table by the end of it.”

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