Divided Dinner Tables: How to survive politics during Thanksgiving

Posted at 8:54 PM, Nov 23, 2016

DENVER -- You know the saying, "no politics at the dinner table." But this Thanksgiving, that maybe a tall order.

"It keeps coming up whether you want it to or not," said Allison Gellner.

"Or while you're preparing dinner, or after or the next day," said Paula O'konaski. "I just want to be able to be like blah, blah, blah if it comes up."

A new viral family video sums it up perfectly, "Thanksgiving day it is gonna come up, yeah, you know they gonna bring up Hils and Trump."

"And this will help relieve some of the tension, we can always get more if this isn't enough," said Donald Sherbondy while pointing to a case of beer.

Gellner was finishing up her last minute grocery shopping Wednesday and said she prefers to ban any holiday political banter.

"When you have mixed company possibly at the table, I think it's easier just to maybe leave your own thoughts before you enter the table," she said.

Gellner's certainly not alone. A new CNN poll found 53 percent of Americans say they dread the thought of talking politics at the table.

"I'm going to my son's in Steamboat," said O'konaski. "I was for Hillary and he is for Trump," she said, adding, "I'm hoping he doesn't bring it up because I certainly won't be."

So what do you do if it does come up?

"I can't control what other people are going to do and if people are going to bring it up I'm going to relocate myself or take a nice big sip of my wine," said Yomi Obafemi.

"I've already planned a change of topic, yes I already have a couple ready to go," said Marylou Vandelist.

Another tactic? Deflect. Deflect. Deflect. 


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