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Tips to Avoid a Holiday Meltdown

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If your holiday gatherings regularly feature mashed potatoes being flung across the room because someone mentioned Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump, member station KUT is here to help.The folks down in Austin have compiled a list of helpful listener ideas to keep your holiday dinner from descending into a no-holds-barred cage match.

One listener said her family keeps a duck quacker by the table. Whenever someone brings up politics, they blow the quacker, and the topic is dead.

Another listener said her family makes sure to focus on safe topics, like food, kids, or sports.

A third suggested practicing humility. That means, “putting the other person (not their views) before yourself.”

Lastly, try setting ground rules. For example, either you respect other opinions or you eat on the porch.