It’s never come up for me. My family are all Democrats though, so we don’t really have anything to argue about.
No. We are all over the political map, but my mother could freeze a Tyrannosaurus Rex in its tracks with a disapproving glare and a “let’s move on to more pleasant topics”. Besides, we are all stuffed into semi-coma by five o’clock anyway, and it is hard to start an argument with a python that has just swallowed a capybara.
No. We just wrapped up a 16-day road trip visiting the conservative branch of the family, and there were no political discussions. Our Thanksgiving meal will just be me, my wife, kids, mom and step-dad. Every at the table tomorrow hates Trump as much as I do (although my step-dad’s a hard-core life-long Republican).
Yes, my wife has some very conservative members who simply must bring up the latest they heard on Fox News. My rule is that I won’t bring up politics at these kind of settings, but I will challenge someone who decides to start spewing nonsense. It’s pretty much the same two uncles who start in every time.
No. Nobody in my husband’s family or mine discusses politics.
A body divided against itself cannot stand.
I promised my wife a long time ago that I wouldn’t argue politics with her family. A couple years ago, her brother pushed politics at me, and I walked out of a family dinner. After a month or so of no contact with him, he and I agreed to avoid politics.
I did occasionally argue politics with my evil dad and my older brother. They’re both dead now, and my younger brother is on my side of the fence.
It doesn’t happen very often in my family, but it happens. My wife’s family is mostly pretty conservative, and for the most part I let it slide if it isn’t a hill worth dying on. But there have been a couple of times when they’ve gone too far for me to let things slide, and I’ve spoken up.
A couple of times seems to have sufficed, because now that I think about it, there’s been very little political bullshit around the holiday dinners anymore when I’m there.
My extended family are almost entirely Democrats, so strident disagreements are rare. I remember one, about a decade ago, but for the most part, they just don’t happen.
We do, but not the sort that most people imagine, since we are all Democrats. My dad gets into political arguments with my sister because he is a run-of-the-mill liberal while she is on the far left.
Everyone in my family is liberal, but that doesn’t stop us from having arguments about politics or current events. Like, we might argue over whether people should be fired because their Facebook postings or whether accusations of sexual harassment should derail the nomination of a Supreme Court Justice. The arguments usually involve my dad versus my twin and me. Occasionally my mother will chime in from the kitchen, almost always on the side opposite my father’s.
It’s been a long time since we’ve all had Thanksgiving together. But arguments and Christmas go hand-in-hand. The arguments are never heated or 100% serious.
My brother in law disinvited one of the uncles to his wedding because of the uncle’s inability to just shut it off for one night. He can’t help himself from trolling every event he’s invited to.
My wife’s extended family are Trumpies (small town rural south). Thanksgiving is a pretty large affair - at least 30 people- so I can make sure to seat myself out of earshot of the most rabid.
Yes, I am a centrist Democrat and the rest of my family is hard core Conservative. The last few holiday get togethers have been politics free (for the most part) but I’ve had to bite my tongue at times. It’s better this way, earlier Thanksgiving-Christmas gatherings have included heated arguments where no minds were changed and tears were shed. I toy with the idea of pretending to have gone full rightwing just to see what they would agree with me on but haven’t so far.
I’m the solid Democrat in my family and my mother and sister are/were more independent until this last term. You know those suburban women who used to be semi-conservative and then suddenly decided they were going to vote straight D tickets? Let me introduce you to two of them. So I don’t foresee any political arguing though there may be some political kvetching.
No. From age one to 22 Thanksgiving was a day-long event attended by every member of my family including both sets of grandparents and the four or so brothers/sisters families. We’re talking 30 or 40 people, spread around six or seven tables. I never heard raised voices on any topic.
No, we never have. Day to day politics just aren’t an important subject for us and we almost never talk about it.
My wife’s siblings are submerged, steeped, and bathed in politics. Their lives and their very existence is wrapped around constant outrage and worry over the actions of politicians. Every shirt has a slogan, every wall has a poster, and every bumper has a sticker. After the presidential election, their hateful antics got some of them (thankfully) banished from my life. I do want to go to Thanksgiving at her sister’s to see if she’s scrawled “FUCK TRUMP” in blood on the basement walls.
I have vague memories of my grandfather and his brothers arguing at various holidays, but I was young enough that I don’t know if it was about politics or football or some other inane topic. We’re with my inlaws this year, and I think politics is pretty much avoided, which is good. FIL watches Fox and BIL is an ultra-right-wing Evangelical, and a jerk to boot. I expect most conversation will be about everyone’s declining health.
Plus we’ve got a baby at the table for the first time in 30+ years, so I expect she’ll be a source of conversation also.
My family has always had a tradition of arguing politics. We discussed it at every meal and we argued about it a lot. My father was a horrible husband to my mom and an abusive monster to his kids, but oddly enough, he tolerated dissent on politics and we were raised that it was our responsibility to be informed. This and an appreciation for art are literally the only things that I am thankful for from my upbringing.
Not really, although we generally share the same beliefs, so sometimes we’ll discuss politics.
Back in the day, my grandfather was always ranting about some issue or another. (Especially Reagan. He HATED Reagan). It would get kinda tedious after awhile, so we’d just say, “Okay Pap, whatever”.
Same here. Some of us might bitch about the current situation, but probably not over dinner. And there’d be no disagreement.