Dinner debates: how to avoid impeachment talk during the holidays

Following a historic House vote to impeach President Donald Trump, people around the country are divided over their support for him.

This holiday season, debates surrounding politics can creep into celebrations meant to foster family togetherness.

Dr. James Stillwell, a licensed pastoral counselor, has several tips for navigating a heated holiday debate:

  • Set the atmosphere—use decorations and music to remind family members why they are there.
  • Listen instead of talking—consider the feelings of people who are expressing their opinions.
  • Read the room—be sure the conversation is appropriate for everyone in the room before bringing up politics.

Dr. Stillwell says it is very important to handle heated conversations with love and compassion, especially around the holidays.