One thing we all have in common is that we can’t choose our family. When you bring a group of people together from varying generations, backgrounds, and beliefs, there’s bound to be fundamental differences. The goal is to get through the holidays without any angry outbursts —but what can you talk about that won’t ruffle anyone’s feathers? Politics and religion are obviously off the table — and small talk only goes so far. Luckily, there’s one thing everyone has in common this time of the year: The winter season. And while not everyone is bound to be interested in winter sports, the shared season is something most of us have opinions on. Here at UtahSkis, we’ve compiled some topics for the holiday dinner table we’re sure to stir the conversation — without resulting in a family feud.
The Weather (No, We’re Not Joking)Although touted the sovereign of small talk, of all the seasons, winter is most likely to incite interesting conversation. The colder weather causes varying degrees of joy and headache in most places around the world. Especially when you bring people together from different locations and add in the travel factor, it’s more likely than not most of your family members will have something to say on the matter. Try polling everyone on the snowfall in their respective areas or ask the group to share their funniest travel stories. Did any of the kids get out and have snowball fights? Maybe your sister’s new puppy experienced snow for the first time, resulting in a YouTube-worthy video of Fido falling gracelessly into a snowdrift (let’s be real — it’s hard to go wrong with a funny animal video).
While the adrenaline-pumping discussions will ensue among the more avid shredders and skiers at the table, it’s likely many of your family members enjoy partaking in some form of winter sport. Depending on your location, consider broadening your definition to include more fringe winter activities such as sledding, snow skating — or even skijoring (family of farmers?). However your relatives enjoy spending time outside, there’s likely a trough of funny stories waiting to be uncovered.