Five Non-Political Family Fights to Have This Holiday

We're three years into the Trump presidency and, well, you feel how you feel. As a nation, we've had roughly one billion arguments, whether it's over Facebook or your grandmother's good china, and none of them have changed a single person's mind. We know every Fox talking point. Every liberal rebuttal. We know to follow "Benghazi!" with "Burisma!" and then land on shouting "quid pro quo" at each other like 200 times. Let's face it, when it comes to political fights with our families, we're all just going through the motions. 

But family arguments are as American as "Oh, are you having apple pie? I thought you were doing Whole 30...You're not? Maybe you should try it..." 

So, if the go-to political fights are played out, what can you say to start a holiday war with your family? Here are a few thought starters for you. 


Nicholas Cage is going to be in a movie called The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent in which he plays himself, which...OK. Challenge everyone with this question, which seems easy at first, but if Leaving Las Vegas and Raising Arizona are off the table, you're left to argue whether the National Treasure franchise was as good as Ghost Rider, which it both was and wasn't because you cannot compare a value of something when both values are zero. A real thinker. 

This one gets both the Star Wars fans and the fans of cute things, which pretty much covers everyone, making it a good grenade to throw into the middle of a conversation and then leave the room. 

I mean, they're both bad in their own ways. One is an age-based insult used on social media. The other is a financial burden crushing an entire generation. 

We adults are blessed with growing up in a pre-social media universe. But the threat looms. We all know the moments that we want to stay forever banished to VHS, and we live in fear that one day we'll get tagged in a grainy video that releases that moment into the universe. (Mine is the time I played the Artful Dodger in the musical Oliver. A ten year-old girl from Maryland who is VERY committed to that cockney accent is...grating.)

A fun party game, with absolutely no winners. Enjoy your dinner, everyone!

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