Thank goodness: Conversation starters for family gatherings this season


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During the holiday season, be sure to use these conversation starters to add some depth to family discussions.

Clara Kasik, Elizabeth Creed, and Kylie Moffatt

Every Thanksgiving, countless families gather to eat and catch up on their busy lives. But we’ve all been there when an awkward silence falls upon the dinner table. The Lasso Features Section decided to pool together conversation starters for when the talking gets a little dry.

For your grandparents:

“What kind of games have you been playing lately?”

“I need a book to read, do you have any recommendations?”

“What is one Thanksgiving you remember really well?”

“What was it like back in the day?”

For your aunts and uncles:

“Do you have any embarrassing stories about my mom/dad?”

“What trips did you go on this past year?”

“What football team are you rooting for this year?”

For your cousins:

“What shows have you been watching on Netflix? 

“What do you want for Christmas?”

“What extracurriculars have you been doing this year?

“How’s school? Anything cool happen? What’s your least favorite class?”

For the family you didn’t know existed:

“I’m excited to get to know you! What are your favorite hobbies?”

“What’s your connection to me and how are we related?”

“What dessert are you most looking forward to?”


While the sentence starters above may be more appropriate for your family gatherings, these next sentence starters will be sure to get the conversations flowing. 

For your grandparents:
“How do you feel about Joe Biden?”

“How much longer do I have to wait for my inheritance?”
“What are your thoughts on climate change?”

“Which one of your children is the biggest disappointment?”

For your aunts and uncles:

“Do you think there should be a vaccine mandate?”

“Why are your parenting styles so incredibly awful?”

“Rank your siblings?”

For your cousins:

“How does it feel being Grandma’s least favorite grandchild?”

“Who do you think will be next to bite the dust?”

“Do you think Grandma should stop being vegan?”

“How do you survive living with your awful parents?”

For the family you didn’t know existed:

“How uncomfortable do you feel right now?”

“When was the last time you felt extremely excluded from a gathering?”