Pass the politics, please: Philadelphians plan to keep the peace at Thanksgiving dinner

Hadas Kuznits
November 22, 2018 - 4:00 am
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders presents Wishbone the turkey in the Brady Press Briefing Room to members of the media in White House on Nov. 21, 2017.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There's no telling what a family member will say or do when everyone comes together for Thanksgiving, as there are bound to be a lot of different personalities — and opinions — at the table.

Paula Visconi of Doylestown said she tries to get her family to bond more during the holiday.

"The best way to do it is to play games and just sit and talk," she added.

But they don't talk about everything.

"We don't discuss politics," she said. "You have your opinion, I have mine, and no matter how much you talk about it, it's not going to change."

But Ben Lipman disagrees. He said Thanksgiving is the perfect time to talk politics.

"It's good for America," he said, though that's easier said than done. Politics within his family are "pretty consistently progressive."

Nate George of Philadelphia described his strategy to keeping the peace over the holiday: "Keep food in the mouths and the people will be happy."

So when someone starts to wander into conversations on news headlines or a friend of a friend's Facebook posts, George suggests to segue: "You know, it might be time for dessert."