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Do You Talk Politics With Family and Friends Over Holidays?

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!


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Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
My wife and I voted for the same presidential candidate for the first time in over 40 years, four years ago. We rarely talk politics as such. We do discuss issues if they are topical. I enjoy discussing politics socially as long as it is in the arena of light and not heat. ad homonym attacks, drive me up the wall. There is a Chinese proverb "He who strikes the first blow admits he's lost the argument." :fogey:
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Not really, there are only two democrats in my family ,my sister and her husband, and we dont talk politics we only joke about it. Like on thursday my bro in law said something about "the savior being born" and i said "yes, how long ago was Obama birthed into our mortal world" or something like that and we both laughed.
laceymace laceymace 8 years
I think we all said yay Obama and moved on to gossip.
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
It got a little heated during one of our dinners...I told my grandfather and father to move on to a different topic. They realized that it was going nowhere and began talking about the creme brule. They both agreed, mom makes an excellent creme brule. :)
stephley stephley 8 years
Random can be dangerous - to avoid politics with my dad, I brought up the Yankees - and set him off on a tangent about spoiled athletes that cleared the table!
janneth janneth 8 years
What is random? The weather? TV? Cousin Marie? What do you drink? Irish whiskey? Chardonnay?
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
I would love to talk politics with my family members who are republican but they don't like to so I just drink and talk about reandom crap.
janneth janneth 8 years
Hypno, why do Evangels want to talk about sex? How does it even come up? (Just curious)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
You know what's funny though is when my Evangelical Christian family starts talking about sex. They trip me out so much I just don't go there sometimes.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
My dad and I always talk politics - the world doesn't stop for the Christmas holidays, so why block everything out?
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I feel like talking politics with my family would be asking for it. So no.
vmruby vmruby 8 years
In my family everyone has agreed to disagree when it comes to discussing politcs and it's been working out great so far.We all want to enjoy the holidays without it turning into a pissing match so we give it our best effort to try and avoid that subject like the plague...
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
My family talks politics a little. It doesn't come up much because we all agree with each other's stances, for the most part, and have more serious things to discuss. Things like who's going to get the last piece of fudge, or who's going to play cards with whom, or who gets to watch all 8 of the "next generation" while the adults go on a Steak and Shake run...
janneth janneth 8 years
I try to avoid these arguments because we have had some big trouble in the past. But sometimes people bring up things...and then it gets everyone going. Result: hurt feelings and resentment. Even those in the same political party have a wide range of beliefs. All my family members are very knowledgeable, and very political, so the debates are strong.
codewhiz codewhiz 8 years
I would have loved to see a debate between my cousin and my mom about Prop. 8, and we could have had another family member be the moderator, that would have been fun. But alas, my mom is not open to debate about Prop. 8!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I do but there's a lot of if and and buts involved. I enjoy talking politics to anyone (person to person) however if they start regurgitating nothing but sound bites from the news, false facts or unreasonable bias I leave it alone and I'd rather surrender and cut it than have to endure. Another thing that will cut it short for me is closed mindedness (narrow minded is o.k.) but close minded means that you have your psychological sentinels at red alert and you're not going to let anything in no matter how much sense it makes. I have had people in the face of pure undisputed logic refuse to submit to it. They will sit there and just say (I don't care) rather than submit to fact and logic. That's crazy.
stephley stephley 8 years
We've made agreements in the past to try and avoid politics, but they've always broken down - sometimes innocently, other times because someone had an itch they wanted to scratch loud. Arguments don't always break down by party lines though - sometimes its the cops and soldiers in the family, conservative and liberal, versus family members in the media.
Nicky5 Nicky5 8 years
No not really I've been taking a break from politics since the election because that was all I could talk about for months!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
foxie foxie 8 years
Last Christmas, my entire family stayed in a beach house together for a few days, and a perfectly innocent game of Cranium turned into a drunken argument over health care. Then my aunt and mom started crying about how much they love each other and how great it is to all get together for the holidays. Yes, we talk politics.
moonlight-spice moonlight-spice 8 years
I'm just too passionate about political issues to stay quiet. I also really want to try to understand my mother's political positions...and how can I do so without discussing it? She disagrees however, and seems to just like to make quick digs at my beliefs. With my father, however, I can have a spirited discussion, since he is a moderate who is able to argue any side of an issue whether or not he agrees with it.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
It really depends on the relative. I love talking politics with my brother, and with my fiance's immediate family, but there are some others with whom the subject is really best avoided unless I want to spend the holiday nursing a giant headache.
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