After the chaos of election week, we could all use a safe space.

By Christopher Luu
Updated Nov 16, 2020 @ 1:10 pm
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Thanksgiving looks a lot different this year than you probably imagined. For one, you probably aren't spending it with that crazy aunt or uncle you see once a year due to coronavirus restrictions on indoor gatherings. But whether you're having an intimate celebration with your immediate family or a virtual Thanksgiving (for better or worse, Zoom has lifted their 40-minute time limit for the holiday) one thing remains the same: Thanksgiving dinner is best kept politics-free.

While avoiding politics during Thanksgiving is always a good idea, with a beyond tense election just barely behind us and Trump (still) refusing to concede, we suggest staying far, far away from the topic — especially if you don't see eye to eye with your family. 

So, while people make bad jokes about social distancing from candied yams (who eats that, anyway) and we all offer thanks for making it through most of 2020, here's what to bring up if you're looking to pivot from politics...

Kim Kardashian's Birthday Party

To celebrate her big 4-0, Kim K. invited her closest friends and family to Tahiti for an escape from the harsh realities facing everyone else. Be careful not to let things veer into "eat the rich" territory and remember that this season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians is the last one (until the inevitable reboot), so antics like this from reality TV's first family may be rare in the future — but don't bet on it.

Ariana Grande's Positions

By now, you probably know all the words to "Positions" and you've already TikToked clips of yourself making pizza à la Grande in the music video. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to show off your knowledge of the new album's deep cuts and connect the dots between Grande's tracks with Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga to her new material.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's L.A. Story

Last year, we got Baby Archie. This year, we got Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hanging out at Tyler Perry's house, living life in Santa Barbara like normal folks, and, oh yeah, doing things like helping homeless people and former gang members get back on their feet during the pandemic. So, even though they're not official royals anymore, they're out there doing good.

Disney's Mulan Remake

One of the family-friendly studio's tentpole features got pushed and pushed again because of COVID-19, but fans got to check it out on Disney+ — for an additional charge, naturally. On December 4, everyone on the platform will have access to it, but in the meantime, let your family members know what they missed out on if they didn't get a chance to see it yet (namely, the best Disney live-action remake, ever). 

Blake Lively's Photoshop Fail

Blake Lively drew strappy heels on her bare feet in an Instagram post and the internet had questions. Why? Why tag Christian Louboutin? Why not just crop the photo? Lively didn't offer any explanation, even after fans noticed that her husband, Ryan Reynolds, posted the same image on his feed — minus the "footwear."

Adele

Is Adele single or not? Does it matter if she's not putting out any new tunes? Universally beloved whether you're looking for a post-breakup cry or something to dance to when you're enjoying your pinot, the superstar hosted Saturday Night Live right before Halloween — and while that wasn't without controversy, there's hope that a new album is coming.

Ellen DeGeneres

America's favorite talk show host apologized after allegations of a toxic workplace surfaced during the summer. She promised that things would change and the production team basically cleaned house, but stars like Mariah Carey noted that she was put in uncomfortable situations when she's been on the show.

Speaking of Mariah Carey

Feel free to play this on a loop now (or any time). Carey came out with a biography this year and let everyone know that her relationship with ex-fiancé James Packer wasn't "physical."

The Water on the Moon

After a weeklong tease on Twitter, NASA announced that it discovered liquid water on the moon. NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) confirmed that there's water on the bright side of the moon.

"This discovery challenges our understanding of the lunar surface and raises intriguing questions about resources relevant for deep space exploration," Paul Hertz, director of the Astrophysics Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said.

Now, who's going to be the first person to take a sip of moon water?

Dolly Parton's Christmas Movie

Notoriously apolitical, Dolly Parton's unique brand of Dollitics skirts party lines and manages to stay above the political fray like a sparrow flying over all the hate. This year, the Nashville legend released a holiday movie on Netflix, Christmas on the Square, where she plays an angel that acts, sounds, and looks a lot like normal Dolly Parton.