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A Peaceful Thanksgiving Day Celebration

Thanksgiving Day was always my favorite holiday until I was 36 and my mother passed away around that time. I've never truly enjoyed Thanksgiving Day since that time.

That doesn't mean, however, that you can't enjoy the holiday. This Thanksgiving Day comes after an especially contentious election season.There are bound to be some relatives who want to talk about it, find out how you voted, and either gloat or complain about the outcome of the election. If I were you, I wouldn't get sucked into that conversation. I don't recall an election in which the candidates' platforms were so different and the electorate's feelings were so intense. I don't know about you, but I prefer peaceful Thanksgiving Day gatherings.

I have already suggested to many people how to keep politics out of the Thanksgiving Day festivities. Here is my suggestion:

Make a pact with your relatives to keep the election results off-limits. Whenever someone transgresses, he or she has to put $10 into a hat or bowl. At the end of the evening, have a drawing for the money that has been collected. This is a fun way to keep your relatives from getting into nasty arguments and for keeping peace at the table.

Please also remember the people you know whose families are either gone or far away and invite them to join you and yours on Thanksgiving Day. It's very hard for most people to spend a holiday alone and nobody should have to unless he or she chooses to do so.

On a more serious note, you might want to keep in mind the fact that your relatives won't be around forever and that shedding tears for them at their funerals is a meaningless gesture if you haven't been nice to them while they're alive. As I was kind to both of my parents and other relatives while they were alive, my tears at their funerals weren't crocodile tears. 

I wish you all a peaceful Thanksgiving Day celebration.