Family events divide the population. On the one hand, some enjoy those family gatherings because it is the perfect time to catch up, get together, see faces, and enjoy loved ones. The day to day sometimes makes it difficult for us to keep in touch, and this type of dating is the perfect occasion for it. It is used a lot, it is enjoyed, and it seems that time has not passed.
On the other side are those who see these kinds of moments as something to be fulfilled and not in any way. You have to go, tell a little how you are doing, listen to the rest, and then go home and forget everything. It is already said that each family is a world, and it is difficult to imagine the situations of all of them. However, we are going to talk about something that will help you both if you are in the first group and if you are in the second because in all of them you have to speak and have conversations, right?
We know that the most recurrent is the social, cultural, or political panorama of your country, but perhaps you should avoid any of them. What topics of conversation for a family lunch or dinner can you bring up that are not political? It doesn’t look very easy, but it is not! Do you want to have one up to your sleeve just in case? Are you worried about not knowing what to talk to your in-laws and don’t want to screw up? Here is a list of things you can talk about without any problem.
What to talk about at family lunches or dinners to avoid politics?
As we said, one of the most recurring themes is undoubtedly politics, and it does not matter if you all think the same or not. If there is more or less a single political opinion, the issue will run without more problems than trying to “fix the world.” What you would do, what you would not do, and how good or bad your country’s highest spheres are doing it. But things get complicated when political opinions are contrary, and that’s when the discussion is served for the rest of the appointment. Also, it creates a very tense environment that is not good at all.
If you want to avoid these topics at all costs but are afraid of going blank, pay attention. We will see some of them so that silence does not reign at the table or even so that you can handle the rhythm of the conversation yourself. Attentive!
Update everyone a little:
The first thing in a family reunion is to update everyone’s life: how the work is going and how your life is going (although it all depends on what you want to study in-depth or not). Telling a little about your day to day is not bad and will help you know where you are moving if your family members do not see you very often.
Ask about the lives of others:
Like you, the rest also have a life, and asking questions to see how they are doing is a sign of respect and concern. Here we must give you a touch of attention with several things: couples, weddings, and pregnancies. Surely you have lived in your meats that your family asks you if you have married, for when the wedding or the son and, many times, it is not a dish of pleasure that they ask about those things (you never know the process by which it is passing that person). So we recommend that you don’t ask about those topics either. Focus on work, how about the day to day and ask about problems that have been touched in other family lunches or dinners.
It’s time to give news:
The family is usually happy about the good news, so if you have changes in your life that you want to tell, take advantage of these moments! Have you been called from a job interview? Have you decided on an upcoming travel destination? All these kinds of decisions and news are welcome at these lunches and dinners.
Worry about some situations:
In line with the news you tell and what you already know about your family, take the opportunity to ask about certain situations: a divorce, a job interview, children, houses.
The possibility of ending up talking about politics at this point may be high, but social issues indeed give a lot to talk about in this type of food. The death of the last singer, the wedding of the year, or even the parties in your city. Anything goes! Review the latest social and cultural events and choose the topic to discuss.
Keep memes handy:
If you think that none of this can work, then you will have to pull memes! Those who never fail and who love young and old. Take away an arsenal of funny videos and memes that have to do with everything and take the opportunity to bring them up when the conversation seems to be going down.
Ask for movies and series recommendations:
Any social event (whether with family or friends) is the perfect occasion to ask for movies and series recommendations. Take the opportunity to comment on that well-known chapter of the series to which you are all hooked and to make recommendations. It often happens that, as everyone in the family moves in different social groups, different jobs, and different tastes, there are many different recommendations.
If you like to travel and your family also moves, it is a perfect time to find upcoming destinations based on what each one has traveled. Ask not only for cities but also for hotels, meals, routes, and all other questions that you can think of. Here, as with series and movies, better if they fill you with recommendations.
For the most traditional: recipes:
At any family lunch or dinner, we may have older people who may feel a little off the hook. For them, there is a theme that never fails: recipes. It does not matter that you are in a house that you have gone to a restaurant. Asking for the recommendation of a recipe, the trick of cooking in the traditional way of playing to imagine how you could do it at home will include the older (and cooks) in the conversation. And who knows, maybe you will take back some good tricks for a new dish.
Focus on the new:
There is always a new couple who come to the meeting as a novelty at every lunch or dinner. If so, focus on this person! Firstly, because that will make you feel welcome and, secondly, because it will help you know a little more about what it is like and where it comes from. It is not a question of interrogation, but of trying to find more information about the new member of the family.
Review family events:
Every dinner or meal is a good time to review old events and the next to come. For example, calculate when the next time you go to the party will be: A wedding? A silver wedding? A baptism? Talking about it and planning what the event will be like will take a long time.