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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at St Olaf chapter.

As much as we all love spending Thanksgiving with our family and friends, sometimes things can get awkward. Sometimes, topics *cough the election cough cough* make conversations uncomfortable. But, we can all have wonderfully pleasant conversations at the dinner table if we are prepared. So here is a list of safe table topics that won’t tear your family apart:

  • Tell some hilarious knock-knock jokes
  • Talk about the weather…that is always a safe topic of conversation
  • Convince your family the turkey is actually a chicken
  • Is a tomato a fruit? The world says yes but I say it is up for debate
  • Play a game of I-Spy
  • Yes Grandma, I am eating enough at school
  • Talk about sports…how about them Cubs?
  • Are you Team Jacob or Team Edward, Aunt Marge?
  • What if we ate McDonald’s for Thanksgiving?
  • Yes Grandma, I can hear you
  • Is it too early for Christmas Music?
  • Talk about the hit show, Stranger Things
  • Discuss the origins of table manners
  • Is the grass really greener on the other side?
  • So….Antarctica is a cool place
  • If there was another season of Glee, would you watch it?
  • No Grandma, I am not in a relationship #foreveralone
  • Talk about the latest Kardashian scandal
  • Discuss the best reponse to the question, “Does this dress make me look fat?”
  • Did Elvis Presley really die?
  • What if on Thanksgiving, turkeys ate people?
  • No Grandma, my mascot is not Olaf the Snowman
Kailey is from Crystal Lake, IL. She is a first year at St. Olaf College and loves When Harry Met Sally, the color yellow, and chocolate.