Lately I've been seeing articles in the big newspapers and magazines regarding peoples' anxiety over possible acrimonious clashes during Thanksgiving that were the result of differences in opinion regarding the recent election. I wonder: is this going to happen to such a degree that it will result in long-term family clashes and discord?
For some, holidays can be a possible meeting with family members who are not easy to get along with, such as uncles who drink too much, aunts who ask embarrassing questions, or misbehavior by cousins.
My grandmother had a solution to de-fuse these problems: cherry pie a la mode and football. Specifically, schedule dinner so that it will not last too long, not too many weird questions asked, no put downs, or the like. The imminence of a big football game, especially a pro game, would serve nicely. The men would congregate around the tube.
This would not work with a UT game, especially the UT - Kentucky game. It is best not to have relatives over on that day. Yes, maybe the Lions and Bears or maybe the Packers. To watch, not for dinner.
And another tip: dilute the Jack Daniels, but don't mention it to anyone. Most people can't tell the difference.