Declaring a Truce at the Holiday Dinner Table

Maybe the Thanksgiving dinner didn’t go as well as you hoped. The same family members got into the same argument about the same subjects. Here are some ideas for the next holiday get-together. First, get in touch with the major players. Let them know how important a little familial peace is to you, and ask that they either settle things between themselves or let things go for the sake of family harmony. During dinner intervene lightly, validate everyone and move on to happier topics like Grandma’s pie. Have a joke ready. Finally, call people the next day and express your hopes for the future and solicit other ideas to make the next gathering even better.

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