Topics To Avoid Around The Holidays

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These conversations might be one reason why people dread the holidays so much.

The holidays can be a cheerful time, but also a time where you may be forced to be around people you don’t want to be around. And facing questions and conversations you don’t want to have can add more anxiety and pain to the mix.

When I was little, the tradition was to go to my granny’s house.

As everyone got older, everyone went their separate ways. We live all around the world, some of my aunts are grandmothers now, some hate each other (long story holy s****).

Everyone is starting new families and new traditions.

As I’ve gotten older, and the weird questions about your personal life are as frequent as the day is long.

As much as I miss being around my big family around the holidays, with fewer people you get less questions.

Speaking of that, here’s topics that you should avoid around the holidays.

#1 Religion

#2 Past

#3 Personal Life

Asking someone if they are pregnant or having kids can get VERY awkward. Even if you see a stomach sticking out don’t ask! IT’S RUDE!

It could be because they have a full belly!

Best responses I’ve seen:

  • None of your business
  • I haven’t found someone who’s worth me yet
  • Do you have a girlfriend/boyfriend?
  • Why?
  • That’s personal.

#4 Politics

#5 Gossiping About Others

Keep in mind that everyone might not be in the same point in their lives, and avoiding these topics around the holidays especially can do everyone some good!

Personally I tend to avoid religion and politics generally. And if it does come up I tell people their views are safe with me. I’m not here to judge or force my views on you, I’m here to listen. I don’t start those conversations, sometimes they just happen and I’m like f***. I have a tendency to stick with food, vacations, what kind of liquor I like and so forth.

Here’s a safe and healthy alternative list to discuss if you really want to talk about something.

#1 New Traditions

You can start new traditions with your family, no problem!

#2 Thankful

#3 Sports

You can do a run or participate in a sport as a new tradition.


If you like watching sports, you can watch football, soccer or hockey.

I’ve become a fan of polo.

#4 Connections

#5 Friendsgiving/Christmas

#6 Volunteering

#7. Movies

#8. Game Night

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