Friday, November 11, 2016

Thanksgiving Conversation Starters by Josie Riviera

Thanksgiving is near, and I'm assuming you have the perfect recipes for Thanksgiving dinner.

So instead, I'll concentrate on some great conversation starters to ensure a smooth, pleasant holiday meal for your family and friends. Here's some safe ideas that should maintain everyone's interest and won't ruffle any feathers. (Pun intended!) :)

 First, let's begin with the classic conversation starter:

What are you most thankful for?

If your friends and relatives flew in for the holiday, you can always begins with, "How was your flight?"  Then, initiate a conversation regarding airline travel and ways to improve the process. For instance, did you know that although many airlines board from back to front, it's considered the slowest and least efficient method? According to Mythbusters, one of the fastest methods of boarding is no method at all, simply boarding altogether with no seat assignments!

Here's some other ideas for interesting conversation starters:

What are you most looking forward to in the upcoming holiday season?

Who's the funniest person in the room?

Engage parents and grandparents with these questions:

 Where and how did you first meet?

How did you celebrate Thanksgiving when you were a child?

Do you have a favorite conversation starter when dining with family and friends? 
Please share in the comments below. 

 USA TODAY Bestselling author Josie Riviera writes Historical, Inspirational, and Sweet Romances. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations.

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  1. I love the idea of asking parents and grandparents how they celebrated Thanksgiving when they were children and other questions about their lives. Sometimes they won't share those stories if they're not asked about them and they end up lost forever.

    1. I agree, Cindy. Thanksgiving is a perfect setting.

  2. What a nice reminder and lovely way to honor our history

  3. It's always great talking about children and grandchildren, little ones that is. Ha ha.