A friend posted this story from The Onion about a family meeting using PowerPoint to determine what topics were safe to discuss at the holiday table.
DELMAR, NY—In an effort to ensure a smooth and enjoyable dinner with their relatives, siblings Jason, Alyssa, and Leslie Conroy reportedly sat down together Tuesday evening for a PowerPoint presentation covering all of the conversation topics that will be off-limits during the family’s Thanksgiving gathering. “As you can see here, we’re unsure whether or not cousin Jessica is actually college-bound, so we’re going to avoid that subject and stick to the key talking points listed in this table,” said Alyssa Conroy, 26, during the siblings’ 48-slide presentation, which reportedly featured pie charts breaking down the state and national voting histories of extended family members, as well as Venn diagrams illustrating what each relative knows about their father’s upcoming surgery….”
(Please click the link. The rest is quite funny.)
So obviously this is a joke but probably not far off from the truth. Of course there are topics that families try to avoid during the holidays. So I am wondering: