2020 has been a very tough year. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted so many things, but we are pretty sure that it will not ruin your Thanksgiving. There is something else that can be a threat to a peaceful Thanksgiving dinner—politics.

Election Day is fast approaching. We will vote and see the result a few weeks before Thanksgiving, and the urge to discuss politics can be high. We will always urge people to subdue this urge in order to minimize family quarrels and debates. There are several other topics you can discuss in order to avoid politics, including the following:


Most of us enjoy traveling. Why not make it the primary topic of discussion during Thanksgiving. You can talk about the exciting places you visited in the past, as well as the places you plan to visit. Even if you haven’t traveled much, ask questions of those that have traveled.


There are tons of sub-topics on entertainment you can discuss with your family during Thanksgiving. Netflix and other streaming sites have made it easier for everyone to enjoy all kinds of movies and series. Talk about your favorite series and films. You can also talk music. Contemporary tunes from all parts of the world are easily accessible these days, so you will always have something to talk about. If you have read an entertaining book recently, you can also discuss it.


You can have healthy discussions about food during Thanksgiving. You can talk about healthy feeding habits, food choices, and family recipes over Thanksgiving dinner. A great conversation can start with you complimenting the chief cook for the dishes on the table and asking what his/her secret is.

Health and Wellness

This is one sensitive topic you can discuss carefully. If you want to initiate a conversation about health and wellness, ensure that you keep it lighthearted, especially if a family member is not in good health. You can talk about health trends, diets, exercise fads, and other interesting sub-topics.


What are you thankful for? Thanksgiving is all about gratitude, and that attitude must prevail in conversation. It should be the highlight of your holiday. Expressing gratitude from the bottom of your heart will help you avoid political conversations that can bring discord during Thanksgiving.

There you have it! Above are some friendly Thanksgiving conversation ideas—ways to avoid talking about politics. With the US election drawing closer, politics seems to be the main issue being discussed everywhere. However, if you would like to discuss something else during Thanksgiving, these alternatives can help you get started.