Posted by: ktzefr | December 22, 2016

10 Topics for the Christmas Table (that do not include politics!)

img_4390I read recently that, in the last six weeks, doctors have been seeing many more patients with depression.  It doesn’t seem to matter why they made an appointment, whether for aching joints or overactive intestines, they get around to talking about the election.  And both sides are depressed — the Hillary folks because she lost and the Trump folks because they can’t celebrate the win without alienating friends or family.  So, if you’ve invited dinner guests from both sides of the aisle, you already get a gold star for being brave.  But you may want to have a few non-political topics in mind to quickly turn a discussion that shows signs of heading in the wrong direction.  Remember: it’s easier to change topics than to change minds.

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— The Christmas season is such a good time to enjoy all kinds of food and drink.  What’s your favorite?

— What part of the Christmas preparations and chores do you like least?

— What is the oldest ornament on your Christmas tree?

— If you were Santa Claus, where would you want to spend your summers?

— Do you watch the same Christmas movies every year?  If so, which ones do you like best? 

— If you had to drop one thing from the holiday season, which one could you do without: Christmas lights, gifts, parties, music, sweets?

— In the Bible story the three kings followed a star to find the baby Jesus.  What is the best thing you’ve ever found?

— Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?  If you chose one reindeer name for the title of a book, which would you choose and what would the book be about? 

— When you were a child what was your favorite toy?

— What has been the greatest blessing in your life since last Christmas?

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