Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Raasch: How to Avoid Politics and Keep the Peace at the Thanksgiving Day Table

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Raasch: How to Avoid Politics and Keep the Peace at the Thanksgiving Day Table

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WASHINGTON * Here's a primer on how to avoid letting politics blow up the Thanksgiving Day dinner table:

* Avoid mention of the word "trump" in any circumstance capitalized, or lowercase.

Even if it means you don't play bridge or pinochle or any card games where players have to choose a dominant suit. If card-playing is absolutely necessary, substitute "trump" with "super suit." Too much of a risk of someone saying, "Speaking of Trump, did you see what he just tweeted?"

On Thanksgiving Day, let discretion trump all other urges.

* For that matter, don't mention tweeting or social media of any kind. Too much of a risk we'll say it again of setting off a "did you see what Trump just tweeted?" spark.

* In fact, go cold turkey and stay off social media all day.

Even if there is a good chance it will go viral and make you instantly famous for a few minutes, do NOT tweet or post on Facebook that video of your snoring Uncle Ed passed out in the Barcalounger in his usual tryptophan turkey trance. There is simply too much risk of going on social media and seeing something in the post-election celebration-regret-anger vortex that you let spill over onto the relatives.

* By all means, in no circumstance refer to your host as a "server." You risk returning to the whole Hillary Clinton private email storm and the ensuing "Clintons-think-they're-above-the-law" allegations that inflamed so much of the 2016 campaign.

* When the bread gets passed, do not refer to its container as a "basket." Smart-aleck cousin Francine is likely to add "of deplorables," and off to the rhetorical races you'd be. Call it a "wicker container."

* If football is part of the Thanksgiving tradition at your house, do NOT turn games on until after the National Anthem. Discussing whether football players who kneel for the National Anthem but don't vote are fools or patriots is the surest way to divide a table into red vs. blue.

* Give up watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for this year. …

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