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Talk Turkey, Not Politics

We all know what ruins a Thanksgiving dinner. No, it’s not dry turkey, or even…

  • November 22, 2017

We all know what ruins a Thanksgiving dinner. No, it’s not dry turkey, or even burnt stuffing – it is talk of politics at the dinner table. This year, more than ever, it is good to keep this in mind.

Iowa branding and advertising agency Meyocks recently surveyed Americans, and found that most plan to exercise good common sense this Thanksgiving.

Off Limits This Thanksgiving – Talk of Politics, and Football

According to the 2017 Meyocks Thanksgiving Survey1, 36 percent of Americans say that politics will be strictly off limits as families gather to give thanks, up from 30 percent a year ago.

In addition, 41 percent of Americans say they will talk about football, down from 47 percent in 2016.

“Fewer Americans will talk politics or football – perhaps because football has become more political,” says Doug Jeske, president of Meyocks, the branding firm that conducted the survey. “Kneeling protests during the National Anthem may be further dividing the country, but we can apparently still agree on turkey – whether the home is rural or urban or in a red or blue state.”

Families also still agree on mashed potatoes (served in 78 percent of homes), pie (77 percent), dinner rolls (73 percent), homemade gravy (67 percent) and homemade stuffing (67 percent).

If you’re lucky enough to be at a Thanksgiving meal that features pie, it’s most likely you will be served pumpkin (44 percent), followed by apple (29 percent) and pecan (19 percent).

Family is number one blessing, number two stress

Family continues to be the number one reason to give thanks – and the second-largest stressor of the holiday, according to the Meyocks study. Perhaps not so coincidentally, in more than a third of homes (35 percent), families will allow phones and tablets as a distraction at the Thanksgiving table.

“Unfortunately, we may use our technology to get away from the family member across the table,” Jeske says, “or we just may be getting started on holiday shopping.”

According to the survey, 34 percent of Americans plan to shop for something other than items for the holiday meal on Thanksgiving Day, and 26 percent will shop at a brick-and-mortar store.

Black Friday, however, remains a bigger shopping day. More people will shop online (53 percent) than in-store (37 percent), and the most popular time to shop in-store on Black Friday is between 6 a.m. and noon.

Has it come to this? Mobile shopping during Thanksgiving just to avoid stressful interactions with family members? Let’s all make an effort this year to keep Thanksgiving peaceful. That is, after all, what the holiday is about.

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