Talking about politics during the holidays can be tough. But in 2017, it might be inevitable.
Let's be honest: Right now, it feels like the country is pretty divided — not just by political parties, but on the issues as well. Some 113 million people — almost half of American voters — think that the 2016 presidential election impacted their relationships with loved ones who support the opposing party.
In the spirit of the holidays, though, dinner doesn't have to be ruined because you disagree with someone you love. When discussing a polarizing issue with your friends or family, the most important part is listening to them. Actively listening to what they have to say without interrupting them, and throwing in some questions so you can better understand their position. Also, remember that this person is important in your life, so it's especially key to be empathetic. And give yourself an out: If you arrive at an impasse, removing yourself from the conversation is sometimes the best course of action.
Of course, it's easier said than done. So, ahead, we are breaking down five tricky topics that may come up. We'll give you the facts surrounding these myths, and how to debunk them for your loved ones without causing a Thanksgiving war.