Earlier this week I read a great blog post by Chad Allen that suggested conversation starters for Thanksgiving gatherings. Allen reflected on how holiday gatherings can be both heartwarming and challenging. His idea was to create a list that could lead to meaningful and non-stressful conversations.
I liked his idea and I liked his list. So, I decided to create a list of my own:
- Is there something unexpected that you are grateful for? What was it? What does it mean to you?
- What is something wonderful/beautiful/marvelous that you have witnessed? What made is so superlative?
- What one, simple, everyday thing are you grateful for? Why?
- What is something new that you are grateful for? Why now?
- What do you hope to be grateful for next year? Why?
As I look over my list, I realize these are not easy questions to answer. They take some thought. They also require more than a monosyllabic response. One could journal, in-depth, on any one of these topics (which could also be a worthwhile exercise).
One useful approach might be to print out the list, put a copy at each place setting, and let your guests answer whichever questions they choose. Or, you can toss out the questions one at a time and just see where the conversation goes.
It seems to me, if we can listen and share the answers to these questions with those who are dear to us, what an increase in understanding can unfold and what a blessing our Thanksgiving conversations will be!
Have a blessed and peaceful Thanksgiving! (And indulge in some great table talk!)
P.S. Feel free to chime in with more great conversation starters of your own!
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