Politics and religion have been highly charged topics in the United States for centuries. It can be hard to separate the two and together they have led to wars, poverty and deeply divided views of the world. On Thanksgiving, it can be easy to avoid these topics as we connect with family and friends and celebrate the holiday’s warm feelings. However, it is important to recognize that by discussing, rather than avoiding, these subjects, we can potentially bridge the gaps between family members and gain a better understanding of the world. Thanksgiving is a reminder of the unity and peace we can have with our neighbors. It is a time to reflect on our nation’s foundation and the values we strive to uphold. Politics and religion are intertwined within this discussion, and conversations about each can help us recognize differences and even admire similarities. The political landscape of the United States has been sharply divided in recent years. Discussion of politics can often lead to an argument. However, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to listen to each other’s beliefs and values and address the issues we face with civility. It can be beneficial to identify the areas we can agree on and build common ground to move forward. Likewise, discussing religious beliefs is important as it can help family members learn more about each other. Learning more about the religious views, traditions, and values of others can bring us closer together. Conversations can help us challenge our own beliefs and values in an open-minded and respectful way. The topics of politics and religion can be emotionally loaded and concerning, but it is important to talk about them in order to promote understanding and unity. These discussions can be uncomfortable, especially around the holiday table, but they are necessary to reach mutual understanding and appreciation. The conversation will be worth it when more time is spent understanding each other, than bringing up political and religious debates. This Thanksgiving, it is important to talk about what truly matters in life: family and each other.