3 Sur­pris­ing Ways to Start Your Thanks­giv­ing Meal

Real Simple - - Contents - By Stephanie Har­ris

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.

JOHN JA­COBS, CO­FOUNDER OF LIFE IS GOOD, AN AP­PAREL AND AC­CES­SORIES COM­PANY

JOANNA GODDARD, FOUNDER OF THE LIFESTYLE SITE CUPOFJO.COMHEIDI ST. JOHN, FOUNDER OF THEBUSYMOM.COMPho­to­graph by Johnny Miller

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