8 Topics To Avoid This Holidays Season To Have A Happy Holiday
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8 Topics To Avoid This Thanksgiving So That You Can Enjoy Your Family Dinner

Thanksgiving, and really any holiday, can be tough when awkward topics of conversation are brought up.

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Every year when the family gets together, conversations are bound to happen and sometimes there are topics that must be avoided in order to enjoy the gracious holiday.

1. Politics

This is the biggest topic that should be avoided, no matter what you believe or what party you represent. For me, I come from a family full of conservative Republicans. Some are very open and understanding to others opinions, and some are not so kind. When I hear something that either I may not necessarily agree with I tend to speak up, but generally, I try to avoid confrontation when it comes to tough topics of conversation.

2. Educational Plans

Even though I have my life pretty much figured out, I still hear the occasional voice of doubt from family members. We college students are all really struggling by this time in the semester and we've been looking forward to a break since the semester started. Though the break is short, is definitely much needed and deserved.

3. Diets

It's said every year, "My diet is starting after the holidays!" We all just laugh and ignore the fact that none of us actually start a diet after the holidays. Instead, this year I decided to start dieting before the holidays so that my body can prepare itself for the holiday feast.

4. Social life

Now that I have entered my Sophomore year of college, I have started to live more of a life instead of just going to school and work. If family tries to start fishing into something pertaining to your life that you don't want them to know, change the subject to them or even their kids. People generally like to talk about themselves and especially their kids and their achievements.

5. Dating life

Ah, this one is my favorite. Somehow at dinner my dating life gets brought up and someone asks about "So and so" who I used to date. And when grandma jokes about you ending up alone with cats, don't feel bad.

6. Other people's business

It's hard not to gossip, trust me. My mom is the main person who listens to any gossip I may have. But gossip can be dangerous because you never know who it's going to affect and how they may perceive it. Sometimes there's harmless gossip that can be spilled, but you must be absolutely sure that it is harmless and won't hurt anyone.

7. Avoid fighting at all costs

Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful for and it shouldn't be spent fighting or with awkward moments. Generally, if you feel a situation is heating up, just try to calm it down and change the subject. Get someone talking about something they're passionate about if they begin to become frustrated or if it seems that they start to begin an argument.

8. Discussing the changes you would make to the food

I am all for praising the cook cause Lord knows my grandma puts in so much work to our Thanksgiving meal. I have heard stories from my friends that said when they have been at dinner, others have openly expressed how they would change the food and adjust the recipes. If you would like to do that, go for it! Just don't discuss it at the table and especially in front of the people who worked so hard to make it all possible.

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    2. Take a nap
    3. Have a dance party
    4. Eat ice cream
    5. Bake a cake
    6. Cry just a little bit
    7. Knit a blanket
    8. Learn to ride a bike
    9. Build a crib
    10. Watch a hockey game
    11. Watch any game
    12. Play with my hair
    13. Dye my hair
    14. Go grocery shopping
    15. Learn to crochet
    16. Do 50 jumping jacks
    17. Drive cross country
    18. Take a bubble bath
    19. Squeeze lemons for lemonade
    20. Sell the lemonade
    21. Make heart-shaped ice cubes
    22. Moisturize my knees
    23. Paint my nails
    24. Find the cure for cancer
    25. Run a marathon
    26. Just kidding, run down the hall
    27. Squat my bodyweight
    28. Eat my bodyweight in French fries
    29. Hibernate until Christmas
    30. Cuddle my body pillow (unless you have a boo)
    31. Think about all the work I’m not doing
    32. Wash my bed sheets
    33. Vacuum my apartment
    34. Play mini golf
    35. Go swimming
    36. Tan in this Texas heat
    37. Sing like I’m about to win American Idol
    38. Blow up balloons
    39. Pop the balloons
    40. Make lists
    41. Write an Odyssey article
    42. Pet a puppy
    43. Adopt a puppy
    44. Pay my rent
    45. Order a pizza
    46. Start a garden
    47. Cook a turkey
    48. Find new music
    49. Clean my waffle iron
    50. Learn to make jam
    51. Jam to music
    52. Play scrabble
    53. Volunteer anywhere
    54. Celebrate a birthday
    55. Watch a makeup tutorial I’ll never use
    56. Go through old pictures on my phone
    57. Make a playlist
    58. Take a shower
    59. Clean my room
    60. Curl my hair
    61. Climb a rock wall
    62. Get a massage
    63. Play with Snapchat filters
    64. Roast a chicken
    65. Go fishing
    66. Chug some Snapple
    67. Ride in a cart around Walmart
    68. Count the days until the semester is over
    69. Overthink about my future
    70. Think of my future baby’s names
    71. Pin everything on Pinterest
    72. Text anybody
    73. Pray about life
    74. Watch a sunset
    75. Watch a sunrise
    76. Have a picnic
    77. Read a book (that’s not for school)
    78. Go to a bakery
    79. Snuggle a bunny
    80. Clean my apartment
    81. Wash my dishes
    82. Rearrange my furniture
    83. Physically run away from my problems
    84. Make some meatballs
    85. Learn to make bread
    86. Google myself
    87. Ride a Ferris wheel
    88. Get stuck on a Ferris wheel (that way, it’s not my fault I’m not studying)
    89. Wash my car
    90. Get on a plane to Neverland
    91. Find Narnia in my closet
    92. Jump on a trampoline
    93. Learn to ice skate
    94. Go rollerblading
    95. Ride a rollercoaster
    96. Carve a pumpkin
    97. Restore water in a third world country
    98. FaceTime my family
    99. Hug my mom
    100. Tell my friends I love them

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