Christmas Table Talk

Posted by: Shel Harrington 18 December, 2013 17 Comments

Christmas Dinner Table TalkI was surprised to learn how many of us were looking for something else to talk about during our holiday meal besides everyone’s latest medical procedure and what family feuds are alive and well as a result of last month’s post Thanksgiving Table Talk. For this year’s Christmas dinner, you already have the great food and great company planned – to make a perfect trio, following are some suggestions for great (and potentially humorous) Christmas dinner conversation!

One idea is to to write questions on festive cards, put them in a jar and pass the jar around the dinner table, taking turns drawing a card and asking a surprise question. There are numerous places to get inspired for question topics. Following are some links to explore topic lists that you can use as-is, modify to Christmas-fy, or use to generate ideas perfect for a particular holiday group.

Click the picture to find 50 dinner conversation starters from
Click the picture to find 50 dinner conversation starters from


Another fun delivery of questions to the Christmas diners, is a spin-the-wheel format. Here’s a link to that shows you how to make the wheel as well as provides some topics. A simple craft project to engage the kids prior to dinner is a fun bonus!

Click the picture for easy instructions for this -spin-the-wheel conversation starter from!
Click the picture for easy instructions for this -spin-the-wheel conversation starter from!


Looking for questions with a family theme? Recieve a pdf of questions from Power of Moms.

Click this picture to check out the list of family-oriented questions put together by
Click this picture to check out the list of family-oriented questions put together by



This great list of questions to bring generations together from AARP deserves an encore performance!

From the littlest family member to great-great-grandma - let's talk!
From the littlest family member to great-great-grandma – let’s talk!



Remember the great ideas last month from the fun Not only can those suggestions be adapted to Christmas themes, but the site has 3 more conversation-starting card sets that are all ready to go for you last-minuters who want the questions drafted AND the cards already decorated!

More fun conversation starters at
More fun conversation starters at



Whether you draw your questions from a jar, have one at each place setting, have an official question reader, or spin-the-wheel to see what the question will be, this Christmas dinner will be full of good chat and laughter!




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  • What I like best about this is that it gets those who don’t “really” talk saying something the others might never hear–and yet it keeps anyone from hogging the conversation.

  • Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas or any family get together, this is a great idea!
    I hope your recovery is going well, Shel. Have you watched Gone with the Wind yet??????

    • Shel Harrington

      Thanks, Jill! Having ups and downs, but overall things are going well. Gone With the Wind? Is that a movie? Oh yeahhhhh – still putting it off. Got caught up in the “Sing-Off” which we’ve been enjoying – especially tonight’s 3 2-team sing-offs. WICKED good talent!!! Do you watch it?

      • Well, I guess Nurse Ratched isn’t cracking the whip…I’ll have to talk with her. 🙂
        If you’re referring to The Voice, I’ve never seen it. I guess American Idol eventually turned me away from talent shows.

        • Shel Harrington

          It’s an a capella competition show called “The Sing-Off” that has been on for 2 weeks. The finale is on Monday, which would be a good show for anybody who didn’t see the rest because all the groups will probably perform – pretty amazing what people can do with just voices!

    • Natine

      Cannot get her to watch it, Jill. She does not appreciate classics. She didn’t like To Kill a Mockingbird!!! How can anyone NOT like that book and movie???!!!

      • Boy, she sure is the stubborn one! She’s never seen To Kill a Mockingbird??? And she’s an attorney! Well, I guess we have to add another film to her list.

        • Shel Harrington

          I’ve seenit, I just didn’t like it. I wanted to like it because I’d heard about it for years. Maybe that’s why it was so disappointing – I expected something more. Well, there is about 7 hours left of the visit, so if we’re gong to get GWTW in, we better hurry! But even if it doesn’t happen, sis accomplished quite a bit while here and it was a great visit! Merry Christmas, Jill!

  • I’ll try this with Steve during our Christmas meal. I’m sure he’ll be wildly enthusiastic! Heh.

  • Interesting post. I always enjoy the holiday dinners because of the reunions with family I haven’t seen for a while. However, your suggestions to spice the dinner conversations seem like a lot of fun.

    I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

    Thank you.

    • Shel Harrington

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment, Daron! I hope you enjoyed your Christmas dinner as well as enjoying any other holiday meals you may have over the next few days – including the responses you get to any of those zinger questions you might toss in! Hope to see you again. Happy New Year!

  • Great suggestions, Shel! When our extended family gets together for a dinner, the age difference (and the political attitudes and grievances) sometimes makes for an awkward meal, not to mention how it confuses the kids. This is a good alternative.
    At Goodwill last year, my daughter found a never-used, unopened (unappreciated Christmas present?) tin box full of 51 fun and easy games for the entire family to play as they eat: “Dinner Games & Activities.” It’s been a lot of fun, and in awkward situations it changes the focus.

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