Table Topics for Your Holiday Meal

Thanksgiving DinnerIt’s here!  The “holiday season” is upon us.  It’s one of my favorite seasons for amping up my Networking game.  Who better to get started with than the family and friends with whom you’ll be sharing your Thanksgiving meal?  And, what a wonderful opportunity to learn a little more about the history of those around you, about your own history, about traditions passed down through the ages.

Below are a few table topics for your holiday meal and get-togethers.  Use them and adapt them to serve your needs and to continue to build your relationships!

  1. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
  2. What is your favorite childhood memory?
  3. Which holiday is your favorite?  Least favorite?
  4. When you think of the holiday season, what smells come to mind?
  5. What special dishes do you prepare for your holiday meal?
  6. What is the funniest thing to ever happen during a Thanksgiving weekend?*
  7. Which do you prefer:  The meal itself or the leftovers?
  8. When will you start your holiday shopping?
  9. How will you manage your schedule differently during the holiday season?
  10. Who will you reach out to during the holidays?

Remember, these topics are useful beyond tomorrow’s turkey dinner… make use of them to Connect with others over a glass of holiday cheer, at the office holiday party or over dinner with good friends.

Have a great Thanksgiving weekend and a joyous holiday season!

Late Night Snacker Image*As a light-hearted aside, I thought it would be fun to share my own response to question #6 above, “What is the funniest thing to ever happen during a Thanksgiving weekend?”

My husband, Marc, and his brothers, Brian and Daniel, tell a hilarious Thanksgiving story…

The year was 1994.  They had had a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.  Everyone helped my mother-in-law, Susan, to put away the leftovers and clean the dishes.  Then they all went down to the historic and beautiful, Country Club Plaza, which is spectacularly lit up every year with holiday lights.  Hundreds of thousands of people crowd into the area, watch the lights turn on and head to restaurants and bars to toast the evening.  It’s great fun!

At any rate, they had an enjoyable evening out (in fact, a young Marc met a gal who he’d actually gone to high school with – someone who he had not met before – her name was, Alana… a year later, the two would go on their first date… the rest is history!).  Around midnight, Marc returned home and decided he could use a little something to eat.  He went down to the refrigerator, reached for the turkey and found barely more than a carcass complete with a note which read, “Beware the Late Night Snacker!” affixed by the tines of a gleaming fork to the little turkey that remained!

To this day, it’s unclear who the true culprit was and Marc continues to be haunted by that dreadful Late Night Snacker!

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