If you celebrated Christmas yesterday, you probably had some quality time with family and friends who you don't see on a regular basis. Considering the eventful year we just witnessed, some political junkies might see this as the perfect opportunity to break down reactions to the presidential election, same-sex marriage, or the economy. Still, depending on the political persuasions of your family and friends, mixing eggnog and hot-button issues might just be a recipe for disaster, whether or not you're standing under the mistletoe.
Of course, I typically ignore the avoid-politics-and-religion rule. But when I know I'm going to disagree with fellow guests, I try to take it as opportunity to find out what's behind their points of view, rather than try to argue or convince them of my way.
So go ahead and tell me whether you talk politics — and if you do, feel free to share any (horror) stories in the comments!