There are five different topics that could make conversation a little uncomfortable around the Thanksgiving dinner table.
According to a Readers Digest study, there are a few topics you may want to avoid:
Be respectful if you want to talk politics. Keep your tone in mind and don't take the same one you'd use with a random person on Facebook. Maybe avoid bringing it up with relatives whose views are the polar opposite of yours.
2. Family gossip.
Sometimes you want to call out your siblings or cousins on something - fine, just save it for when you're alone. Do not do it in front of the whole family.
3. Anything about religion that might be controversial.
Because Thanksgiving isn't a religious holiday like Passover or Christmas, religion won't be brought up on its own. It often evokes passionate opinions and great emotion that can lead to arguments.
You may feel like joking about how out of shape you are, but it can make others feel a little self-conscious about their own weight. Plus, people will absolutely overeat on Thanksgiving - don't make them feel bad about it. Even if you feel like complimenting someone's weight loss, you may not know how they're feeling about their body image.
5. Too many good things that happened to you this year.
Mention a few successes but be careful not to brag. Those who may not be having such a good year may resent you for it.