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Tips to keep holiday dinner conversation civil

VIDEO: Tips for Thanksgiving dinner talk

The most daunting task this Thanksgiving may not be dealing with traffic or your diet. It may be holding your tongue. Our nation's politically charged climate can make for tension around the dinner table.

Some local residents say there are no topics off limits but others say maybe football, or politics depending which way it sways.

Hashing it all out with family or friends over Thanksgiving Day dinner may make for a holiday disaster.

"This year in particular I think the political climate, some of the racial tensions, just a lot of sociopolitical things that are going on in our nation right now are really stressing people out," said licensed psychologist Dr. Amanda Sellers.

Sellers says to curb the contention, come prepared with a list of pleasant conversation topics.

"So you can be the first one at the dinner table to set the tone and that can be one of pleasant conversation," she explained.

If over pie things turn from sweet to sour, Sellers says to take a cue from the Fab 4.

"Like the Beatles say, let it be. You have control over how you feel about things. Don't let other people bring you down on the holidays," Sellers said.

And Sellers says to remember the holiday's true intent.

"Focus on the meaning of the holiday and the gratitude, what you have, and overlooking the flaws of your relatives because we all have them," Sellers said.

It's a recipe for a great meal no matter how the turkey turns out. Bon Appétit.


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