No Talking TurkeyWritten by Carol Rice
Jump start your Thanksgiving table talk with some great Story Starter questions. That way, there will be no talking turkey – just some fun chit chat that will leave everyone feeling full – figuratively and literally!
It's that time of year. Families will gather with armloads of yummy food prepared from great family recipes and high hopes of a memorable day together. It takes everyone doing their part to make it memorable - in a good way. But... we all have them... that one person (ok, maybe there's two or more) who thinks its their job to push everyone's buttons. They try to talk politics, business or any other topic they know will stir more than the whipping cream into a frenzy. My suggestion – jump start the conversation from the very beginning with some great Story Starter questions. That way, there will be no talking turkey – just some fun chit chat that will leave everyone feeling full – figuratively and literally!
For a quick reference and easy to find questions – follow me on Instagram (add link: http://instagram.com/familystorytelling) and look for the colorful blocks. Or, print out this post and have a handful of questions ready when you need them.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone – I'm thankful for you!
Describe the family recipes used to make the meal, where they came from, what occasions they are enjoyed at, and who usually prepares them?
Share what you know about family members who have gone before and made sacrifices you are grateful for.
Share qualities you appreciate and admire about the people you are sharing Thanksgiving with.
What do you love to do in the Fall?
Describe something that was really hard for you and now is easy.
Where is someplace you would like to visit, and why?
List 3 exciting things you want to do in your life.
If you could spend a day with your favorite famous person, what would you do?
What is something that you do, or try to do, to make others feel happy?
Describe a time you were given gross food to eat. What did you do?
I grew up in a home rich with family heritage. My mom loved genealogy and knew how to breathe life into dusty documents and color to faded black and white photos - my mom told me stories.
As a grown woman with five children of my own, I've tried to do the same. For years I did it through scrapbooking. But it didn't take long to realize that it wasn't my artistic skills my children really cared about. They never stopped on a page and said, "Mom, you matched that paper to my shirt - perfectly!" Nope. What they did say as they leaned across my lap, pointing at photos is, "Tell me the story!" "Tell me mom about the day I was born... Tell me mom about the day I cried when everyone sang me happy birthday... Tell me mom about my grandma and her garden..."
Don't worry if you haven't done it forever, just start today. The consistency and cumulative effect of one good question - just sharing one story a day, adds up.
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