Thanksgiving Dinner Table Topics

That time of holidays and family is upon us, friends. Of course family members will ask about your SO and how school is going. Then there are the topics that are actually straight from hell: the election, global warming, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, that tattoo you just got last weekend, that guy who threw up on the side of your car, and, wait for it, how you have no money, yet still manage to go out regularly with your people.

Fear not, we’ve created a cheat sheet for Thanksgiving dinner table topics that you actually want to talk about. Even if you don’t want to talk about some of these things, they still provide nice options to fall back on.

  1. The fact that after dinner, you all should probably go see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  2. The cute animals of instagram, because really who can say no to a herd of baby French bulldogs!

  3. How Disney may actually take over the world.

  4. How majestic the Rocky Mountains are, even if you don’t live near them. Google pictures, and marvel at the beauty of our great land. While you’re at it, look at the various mountain ranges. The Tetons are gorgeous this time of year.

  5. I hear Stranger Things is like the second coming. Talk about how you have or have not watched this apparently great show.

  6. Bon Jovi just dropped a new album not that long ago. That’s rather surprising. Tell your grandparents all about your surprise.

  7. How well (or bad) your college’s football team is performing.

  8. The fact that people actually adopt rabbits for pets.

  9. How underwater basket weaving should become an Olympic sport.

  10. Your obsession with sending all your friends picture of cute animals on instagram.

  11. The 20 countries you want to see before you turn 42.

  12. How much it sucks to be CSU Ram.

  13. Your new favorite recipe.

  14. The Starbucks holiday cups that customers designed.

  15. The supermoon.

  16. The history of the sticky note.

  17. The philanthropy efforts you participated in this semester

  18. How coloring may or may not be your new favorite pastime.

  19. How about them Cubbies?

  20. The last book you read.

  21. Your new flamingo obsession.

  22. Drake’s many feelings.

  23. Explain how “Juju On That Beat” became so popular.

  24. If you could be any famous person in history, who would you be and why?

In case, you exhaust this list before the end of dinner, backup options would be:

  1. The best film scores.

  2. The last podcast you listened to.

  3. How delicious the pie is.

  4. Ask about other people’s lives.

  5. Throw your sibling under the bus, and make your family focus on their life.


Holidays are a great time to spend time with family and eat lots of food. Don’t forget, you can always dodge a question by shoving a slice of turkey in your mouth. Eat, drink, and may the odds be ever in your favor when it comes to the dinner table conversation of Thanksgiving dinner.