Idaho Thanksgiving debates in 3, 2, 1...

Thanksgiving embodies the spirit of joy, love, and gratitude. But that's not to say it's immune to lively discussions, especially when it comes to family dynamics, social trends, and politics.

If you know anything about the Gem State's largely pro-Trump, pro-life, or pro-second amendment stance, you know Idahoans are no strangers to spirited debates. Will Thanksgiving 2023 be the year we choose harmony and pumpkin pie over spewing divisive opinions? Probably not, but here's to hoping.

In anticipation this year's festivities, we've put together a list of three topics that will trigger most Idaho families on Thanksgiving.

Scroll on for a preview of the drama *likely* headed your way on Turkey day 🙄 

5 Ways to Trigger Your Idaho Family on Thanksgiving

Welcome to the festive realm of a conservative Idaho Thanksgiving dinner, where the warmth of mashed potatoes is only rivaled by the camaraderie around the table.

As we gather to give thanks and savor the bounty of the Gem State, it's essential to navigate the conversational landscape with finesse. Picture it as a delicate dance, a turkey trot of words, where avoiding a few specific topics is the key to a harmonious celebration.

Think of these conversational no-fly zones as the cranberry sauce of the dinner table – best enjoyed sparingly.

Whether you're a seasoned Idahoan or a curious visitor, join us as we explore the art of steering clear of potential conversational landmines and the desire to punch your cousin (or someone else's cousin) in the kisser.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

To wrap up our guide to triggering conservative Idaho families on Thanksgiving,  remember that certain things are just better left unsaid.

Religion, like a delicate dessert, might not be everyone's flavor, so it's safest to savor that discussion in more intimate settings. Just as personal finances are a private dish, let's keep the financial stew simmering behind closed doors.



A few more controversial topics to avoid at an Idaho Thanksgiving dinner...

Sports banter, much like cranberry sauce, is best enjoyed in moderation to avoid any eyebrow-raising moments. And as for controversial social issues, think of them as leftovers—better saved for another day. Did we overdo it on the Thanksgiving metaphors? Probably, but cut us some slack. We're about to endure eight-to-10 hours of intense family togetherness.

With these conversational guidelines, you have a better shot at achieving an atmosphere of warmth, gratitude, and shared celebration, ensuring your Idaho Thanksgiving feast stays lighthearted and fun for the whole family.

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