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Getting along with family during Thanksgiving

Posted at 6:47 PM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 19:47:20-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Whether you're gathering in person or virtually, few things ruin a Thanksgiving celebration like getting into an argument with family — and there's a lot of potential to disagree this year.

Omaha native Geran Ramet doesn't see eye to eye with his parents when it comes to politics.

"The issues and topics themselves have become so far right and so far left that it's hard to find a middle ground to be able to have some compromise, some agreement with, and it just becomes nasty," said Ramet.

He plans to stay in Omaha for Thanksgiving and he and his family have already talked about avoiding the topic of politics altogether.

“I would've been more worried about the holidays if we hadn't have had that discussion," said Ramet.

Ramet adds that conversations like these are important if families have a tendency to bicker and he's hopeful his family can one day come to a mutual understanding.

“They want what is best for the country in their own way even though that way may be different,” said Ramet.

Etiquette trainer Kelly Thedinger suggests picking some family members to help guide the conversation towards more positive topics, like discussing what you're most thankful for.

"When you're practicing etiquette I always say you want to treat people in a manner that makes people feel good about you and about themselves. You know, as kids we always heard ‘don't be a spoiled sport,’ ‘don't be a sore loser,’ don't be a gloating winner either,” said Thedinger.

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