The case for less politics, more football this Thanksgiving (VIDEO)

Want to avoid election discord at Thanksgiving? A hilarious viral video reminds American families they can agree on one thing: football.

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This week, millions of families and old friends will reunite for feasts of epic proportions, as the U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving Day and officially ushers in the holiday season. For some, this holiday will come as a welcome respite from the constant barrage of political news we’ve seen on a daily basis.

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For others, this coming week may serve up a side of tension and anxiety. Because as our families gather, we worry that the national political climate may take a prominent seat at our dining tables, complete with some pretty big disagreements. Personally, I’m in this second camp of Americans—my husband and I have some big differences of political opinion with my extended family, and yet we’re planning to load our two kids into a 747 and fly across the country in a few days. We’re eager to celebrate with all of them, despite our apprehension about political conversations.

So when I saw this hilarious viral video made by the Holderness family, it gave me a little perspective. I’ll admit that even though I’m tempted to voice my thoughts on current events, Thanksgiving dinner is probably not the time to bring up policy debates or argue over election results. What I’m looking forward to most at our celebration is gathering around my parents’ larger-than-life TV to root for our favorite football teams. (And it’s a pretty good line up of fan favorites: The Vikings vs. the Lions, the Redskins vs. the Cowboys, and the Steelers vs. the Colts.)

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Since we all live in different corners of the country, we all have our preferred teams—causing some friendly arguing amongst us, but at the end of the evening, football causes no real hard feelings. In my family, football is the true American pastime, and even with many of us cheering for different colors, we can (almost) all agree that enjoying the game together is a whole lot better than fighting over red versus blue, donkey versus elephant.

And for the few in our brood that don’t enjoy football as much as the rest of us, my mom’s after-dinner dessert and coffee spread can keep even the most devoted health guru occupied for an evening. Watch the video, and this Thanksgiving, let’s all try to keep the discussions polite and loving. Remember, if you can’t say anything nice … watch football.

Ashley Jonkman
Ashley Jonkman

Ashley is a freelance writer and editor. She lives with her husband, two sons and two rambunctious dogs in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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