How to End an Awkward Political Debate in 60 Seconds or Less

Kelsey Clark

Family gatherings around the holidays are never without debate, political or otherwise. Last year, we at least had Adele's "Hello" to unite family members of all political persuasions. This year, we have a highly polarizing political leader set to move into the White House—one who's sure to usher in a whole new level of familial tension—without a viral relationship ballad in sight.

Seeking some solace, The Coveteur recently enlisted the help of etiquette expert Myka Meier, founder of Beaumont Etiquette, for tips on how to deal with awkward situations over the holidays. "Try the Honest Abe approach: Be direct, straightforward and honest from the start," suggests Meier. "From the very beginning of the conversation, it's okay to simply say, 'Uncle XX, I respect you are passionate about your beliefs, however, as we share different ones, I think it's best you and I don't talk about politics and just enjoy family time.'"

If that doesn't work, she also suggests agreeing to disagree and gearing the conversation toward a more neutral subject. "Simply saying 'I understand you have a perspective on this and thanks for wanting to share, however I think we'll need to agree to disagree on this one. Now, I know we can agree on XX. How about we chat about that,'" she writes. "Remember, you can't help what other people think or say, but you are in charge of your response and reaction."

Head over to The Coveteur for more of Meier's tips, and share your own strategies below!

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