On Thursday, Americans across the US will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving. But with the current political landscape, it looks like this year could see a decidedly frosty feast for some families.
The US presidential election didn’t just divide the nation, it split some families right down the middle. And as the country prepares to mark Thanksgiving, thousands of Americans are taking to social media to share feelings of dread and words of advice on how to cope with the fallout.
If this sounds too close for comfort, it might be worth looking at the survival guides that have sprung up online.
“Know your emotions and be prepared to manage them. Be curious: listen with an intent to hear, rather than react,” advises hostage negotiator George Kohlrieser in Quartz magazine’s feature on how to manage “difficult political conversations with people you love”.
He also suggests: “Come equipped with the things you can say to deflect: ‘I don’t share that view. Pass the potatoes.'”
The New York Times has also drawn up a guide on how to “argue fairly and without rancor”.