3 Surprising Ways to Start Your Thanksgiving Meal
We go around and ask people to share either their irrational fear or their celebrity crush. It’s such a silly question, everyone has an answer, and it immediately breaks the ice. Plus, it’s hilarious to hear your grandmother admit she thinks Daniel Craig is “rather handsome.” Everyone gets a paper place mat with their name on it before dinner. We pass the place mats around, and each person writes what they love about the person whose place mat they have. I still have my grandmother’s last note to me from my 2001 place mat. It is so precious, like hearing her voice.
“Tell me something good.” This is a simple prompt my mother gave her six kids at the dinner table. It helped everyone focus on gratitude without really knowing it. You share something interesting, funny, or absurd—anything remotely positive—and the group’s momentum builds from there.
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